Tag Archives: Civil Rights

2004: Diane Abbott MP

Stuart Pearson Wright: Diane Abbott MP (2004); in 1987, Diane Abbott became the first black woman elected to the British Parliament. See a video of her talking about this portrait here.

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1965: Freedom Highway

Spider Martin: Jim Letherer on the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march in 1965. Letherer was a civil rights activist from Saginaw, Michigan. He lost a leg to bone cancer as a boy, and it was his own experience growing … Continue reading

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1951: Knock Him Out!

“Knock Him Out! Labor Can Do It.” Poster by Bernard Seaman. CIO Committee to Abolish Racial Discrimination, 1951. (source)

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1964: I Haven’t Lost the Faith

MLK preaches on July 4, 1965, two years after the March on Washington: About two years ago now, I stood with many of you who stood there in person and all of you who were there in spirit before the … Continue reading

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1854: A Train of Terrible Miseries

It may appear to those whom I have the honor to address a singular taste for me, an Indian, to take an interest in the triumphal days of a people who occupy, by conquest or have usurped, the possessions of … Continue reading

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1852: What, to the Slave

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, … Continue reading

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1963: A Tumultuous Day

Front and back of New York Times file photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. From a collection entitled “Unpublished Black History,” online here. Here is the story behind the King portrait: Consider the close-up of Dr. King above. It is … Continue reading

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