Category Archives: Civil Rights Mov.

In the summer of ’63, black students led protests against the South Bay’s white-only neighborhoods

Hundreds of demonstrators jam sidewalks in the Southwood housing tract to march for fair housing in 1963. “It was the hot, fraught summer of 1963. Every weekend 18-year-old college students Bobbie and Renee Hodges would trek over to the boiling, … Continue reading

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“Umbra was a collective of young black writers based in Manhattan‘s Lower East Side that was founded in 1962. Umbra was one of the first post-civil rights Black literary groups to make an impact as radical in the sense of … Continue reading

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Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties – Mike Davis and Jon Wiener (2020)

“Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties is a book by Mike Davis and Jon Wiener about Los Angeles in the 1960s. The authors combine archival research and personal interviews with their own experiences in the civil rights … Continue reading

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Emmett Grogan

“Emmett Grogan (born Eugene Leo Grogan, November 28, 1942 – April 6, 1978) was a founder of the Diggers, a radical community-action group of Improvisational actors in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. The Diggers took their name from the … Continue reading

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Mississippi: A March Resurrects a Movement by Jack Newfield (1966)

“JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI — Overcoming disunity, out-of-fashionableness, poverty, and aching feet, the civil rights movement was reborn Sunday on the grounds of the Mississippi state capitol, before the executioners’ eyes of 700 Mississippi troopers and police, armed with M-1s, live ammunition, … Continue reading

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March to Montgomery

Participants, some carrying American flags, marching in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 “A week after [James] Reeb’s death, on Wednesday March 17, Judge Johnson ruled in favor of the protesters, saying their First Amendment … Continue reading

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How New Orleans’ Creole Musicians Forged the Fight for Civil Rights

“While New Orleans’ Congo Square is acknowledged as the heart and birthplace of American music, New Orleans’ unique Creole musical community was the engine for what became America’s early civil rights movement. During French and Spanish rule, a combination of … Continue reading

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Nat Hentoff (June 10, 1925 – January 7, 2017)

Nat Hentoff with the clarinetist Edmond Hall in 1948 at the Savoy, a club in Boston. “Nat Hentoff, an author, journalist, jazz critic and civil libertarian who called himself a troublemaker and proved it with a shelf of books and … Continue reading

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When Segregationists Offered One-Way Tickets to Black Southerners

Reverse freedom riders on their way to New England boarded a bus in New Orleans in 1962. “When two planeloads of asylum seekers were flown to Martha’s Vineyard last month, Peola Denham Jr. recognized an echo of his own experience … Continue reading

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How the Chicago Freedom Movement Made Way for the Fair Housing Act

Chicago Freedom Movement march, South Kedzie Avenue, August 5, 1966 “History teaches us about important lessons, people, and events. It shapes a nation. It tells us who we are and where we came from. It tells us about our past … Continue reading

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