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Sea of 30,000 civil rights demonstrators gathered outside the Alabama state capitol following their march from Selma to Montgomery
Sea of 30,000 civil rights demonstrators gathered outside the Alabama state capitol following their march from Selma to Montgomery.
1 photographic print.
New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. 1965.
Prints and Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:
LC-USZ62-127664

Today in History

September 23, 1863

Mary Church Terrell, educator, political activist, and first president of the National Association of Colored Women was born on September 23, 1863, in Memphis, Tennessee.

July 28, 1868

The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on July 28, 1868.

May 18, 1896

The Supreme Court ruled separate-but-equal facilities constitutional on intrastate railroads. For fifty years, the Plessy v. Ferguson decision upheld the principle of racial segregation.

October 26, 1911

Mahalia Jackson, the "Queen of Gospel Song," was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

August 2, 1924

Novelist, essayist, and playwright James Baldwin was born in New York City.

January 15, 1929

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., twentieth-century America's most compelling and effective civil rights leader, was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia.

January 5, 1949

President Harry Truman promises a "fair deal" for all Americans.

December 1, 1955

Rosa Parks was arrested for disobeying an Alabama law requiring blacks to relinquish bus seats to whites.

March 7, 1965

Civil Rights demonstrators begin a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, on a date now known as "Bloody Sunday."

October 2, 1967

Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice.

December 9, 1971

American diplomat Ralph Bunche, winner of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize, died in New York City.

October 15, 1972

Jackie Robinson threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the second game of the World Series, commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of his becoming the first African American to play in modern Major League Baseball.

 

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