Category Archives: SCLC

How LBJ Saved the Civil Rights Act

“On the winter of 1963, as the Civil Rights Act worked its way through Congress, Justice William Brennan decided to play for time. The Supreme Court had recently heard arguments in the appeal of 12 African American protesters arrested at … Continue reading

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March Against Fear

June 1966: Meredith March Against Fear “The March Against Fear was a major 1966 demonstration in the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Activist James Meredith launched the event on June 6, 1966, intending to make a solitary walk from … Continue reading

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Half the Way with Mao Zedong

“The American left has never produced a group more self-critical than Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). In the years since the organization’s 1969 collapse, its former members have produced an endless stream of mea culpas. Some of this has … Continue reading

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The Selfless Servant Leadership of the African-American Women of the Civil-Rights Movement

Diane Nash, right, represented the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the White House in 1963. “During the civil-rights movement, African Americans led the fight to free this country from the vestiges of slavery and Jim Crow. Though they all too … Continue reading

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Kudzu, Mississippi’s Radical Underground Newspaper, 1968-1972

“‘Subterranean News from the Heart of Old Dixie,’ the radical counterculture newspaper published 1968-1972 in Jackson, Mississippi, presented by the Student News Project. The Kudzu was among the first underground papers published in the Deep South… in easily the last … Continue reading

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The Bobby Kennedy Pathway

Robert Kennedy campaigning in Philadelphia in 1968. “… But a half-century ago, a champion of civil rights offered a third approach: a liberalism without elitism and a populism without racism. In a remarkable 82-day campaign, Senator Robert F. Kennedy ran … Continue reading

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Memories of Mississippi – Danny Lyon

Danny Lyon outside a movement headquarters in Albany, Georgia, 1962 “It was the summer of 1962. I had just finished my third year at the University of Chicago. My 650cc Triumph motorcycle was damaged, leaving me grounded and bored. One … Continue reading

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