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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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Blood and Echoes: The Story of Come Out, Steve Reich’s Civil Rights Era Masterpiece

“On a spring day in 1964, police in Harlem’s 32nd precinct tried to beat a confession out of two black teenagers for a crime they did not commit. The young men, Wallace Baker and Daniel Hamm, were repeatedly bludgeoned with … Continue reading

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Stand in the Schoolhouse Door

Attempting to block integration at the University of Alabama, Governor of Alabama George Wallace stands at the door of Foster Auditorium while being confronted by US Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach. “The Stand in the Schoolhouse Door took place at … Continue reading

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Rockwell & Race

The Problem We All Live With, Norman Rockwell (1964) “In June 2011 at the White House, Norman Rockwell’s 1963 painting, The Problem We All Live With, depicting a famous school desegregation scene in New Orleans, began a period of prominent … Continue reading

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Stonewall riots

Stonewall Bar 1969. Disturbance on Sheridan Square, NYC. Scenes at Christopher St. and 7th Ave. South with police trying to clear crowds. “The Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of … Continue reading

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