Category Archives: Civil Rights Mov.

Underground newspapers: The social media networks of the 1960s and 1970s

Published in Detroit from 1965 to 1967, Free Poems Among Friends was one of a large number of literary undergrounds. “The social movements of the 1960s and 1970s transformed American politics, social life, and culture. From civil rights groups, to … Continue reading

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Third World Liberation Front strikes of 1968

SF State cafeteria, site of organizing and speech-making prior to and during the strike. “The Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) rose in 1968 as a coalition of ethnic student groups on college campuses in California in response to the Eurocentric … Continue reading

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The Highway Was Supposed to Save This City. Can Tearing It Down Fix the Sins of the Past?

“Helen Hudson will tell you what the 15th Ward was like when she was a girl. In the 1950s and early ’60s, the Syracuse neighborhood was home to thousands of predominantly black residents who had settled in the growing upstate … Continue reading

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1968 Miami riot

“A group of black organizations in Miami called for ‘a mass rally of concerned Black people,’ to take place on August 7, 1968, at the Vote Power building in Liberty City, a black neighborhood. Sponsors were the Vote Power League, … Continue reading

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Letter from Birmingham Jail – Martin Luther King Jr. (April 16, 1963)

“The Letter from Birmingham Jail, also known as the Letter from Birmingham City Jail and The Negro Is Your Brother, is an open letter written on April 16, 1963, by Martin Luther King Jr. The letter defends the strategy of … Continue reading

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Shirley Chisholm

Rep. Chisholm, talking to visitors from Berea College on the steps of the Capitol in 1970. “Shirley Chisholm stares out from the side of a dozen coffee mugs these days, her epochal glasses, brocade dresses and distinct crown of curls … Continue reading

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The Night the Ali-Liston Fight Came to Lewiston

The heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stood over Sonny Liston in the first round of their title fight in Lewiston, Me., on May 25, 1965, and was heard to say, “Get up and fight, sucker!” “LEWISTON, Me. — A couple of … Continue reading

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