[© Declan Haun]



Young People Lead the Way

High school student Genora Covington of Monroe NC standing for justice, 1961.
(See Frame-up, Escape, & Exile of Robert F. Williams for the story behind this photo.)


[Photographer unknown]
Brown v Board of Education


Never let them see you cry.

Clinton, TN, 1956.
The first Black students in the South integrate a white school.

[© Knoxville Journal]
[© Knoxville Journal]


Grace McKinley walking her daughter, Linda Gail
McKinley to School, Nashville, Tennessee, 1957.


The Little Rock Nine, 1957.

  [Photographer unknown]

[© Pete Harris]


[AP photo] Ruby Bridges, New Orleans, 1960


[© Richmond Times-Dispatch]

Prince Edward County, Virginia. Students demand re-opening of their schools which have been closed for years to prevent court-ordered integration. Closing the schools denied education to Blacks, but white children were given vouchers to attend segregated "private academies" taught by white public-school teachers.


[© Roy de Carava]

"No segregation over me"

[© Cecil J. Williams]
[© John Kouns]


[© Eldred Reaney, Nashville Tennesean] High-school students picketing a segregated restaurant.
Their line is attacked by racists. The police club the demonstrators. A 15-year old girl lies unconscious in the street where she was beaten down, her sister kneels beside her.

See Nashville Student Movement for more information.

[© Harold Lowe Jr, Nashville Tennesean]


[© Cecil J. Williams]


Orangeburg, SC. 1960

[© Cecil J. Williams]


When school administrators forbid civil rights meetings in campus buildings, Claflin College students meet under the "Freedom Tree," Orangeburg, SC. 1956.


[© Erle Johnston]


McComb Mississippi, 1961

High-school students marching in McComb Mississippi, 1961, to protest the murder of voting rights activist Herbert Lee, and the expulsion of classmate Brenda Travis.

[© Erle Johnston]


The McComb students kneel in prayer. Shortly after this photo was taken, more than 100 are arrested and charged with "Disorderly Conduct." Clearly, the only order they are "dissing" is the order of racism.

[Photographer unknown]


Bob Moses, Curtis Hayes, and other young McComb activists on trial.


[photo by unknown]

Arrested for trying to read a book in a segregated library.

Albany, GA. 1961-1962

Oh, freedom over me...

[Photographer unknown]

[Highlander Center photo]


Night march, Albany GA.


[1963, © Bruce Hartford]  
In another town on another day, heroic law enforcement officers apprehend yet another threat to the stability of the established order.


[© Maria Varela]

Freedom Now!

Minutes after the picture at left is taken, Mississippi State Troopers, attack the Meredith March. Wearing gas-masks, they charge through the blinding, choking tear gas, clubbing to the ground everyone they can reach...

  [© Matt Herron]

...many were injured, but the march continued.


One Man — One Vote

[© Herbert Randall] [© Bruce Davidson]


[AP Photo]

Students arrested for demonstrating in support of voting rights, Selma Alabama, 1965.


[© Ken Thompson]

How long?

[© Ken Thompson] [© Cecil J. Williams]



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