American Civil Rights Movement
James Meredith Admitted to Ole Miss


“I’ve always been at war with a system, not people”. On October 1, 1962, James Meredith became the first African-American student admitted to the University of Mississippi. Meredith’s enrollment sparked protests and riots at the University’s campus, causing President Kennedy to call in troops from the U.S. Marshals, U.S. Army … Continue reading

American Civil Rights Movement
WERD AM – The First Black-Owned Radio Station

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WERD AM in Atlanta, Georgia, began operating on October 3, 1949, becoming the first black-owned radio station in the United States. The radio station was in the same building as the headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, whose leader was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was a … Continue reading

Selma to Montgomery Marches
[Image] Identify the People in This Selma to Montgomery March Photo

Photo of the Selma to Montgomery March. (1965). Source: Abernathy Family Photos.

  Help us ID the people in this historic photo! Scroll down to see who we have been able to identify thus far. (1.) X (2.) Dr. Ralph David Abernathy (3.) X (4.) X (5.) X (6.) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (7.) Coretta Scott King (8.) X (9.) X (10.) John Lewis? (11.) … Continue reading

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
Birmingham Reflects on 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

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The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on the morning of September 15, 1963. Ahmad Ward puts it succinctly, “Kids are supposed to be safe at church. This isn’t supposed to happen in America.” The bomb killed four teenage girls in an attack that was quickly identified … Continue reading

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
Survivor Describes 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing


“It was a frightening time if you were a young person growing up because you never knew what the day would bring.” Reverend Carolyn McKinstry’s words describe the climate of Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963. On that Sunday morning, a bomb blew up the 16th Street Baptist church while … Continue reading

Boston Busing Crisis
Kevin White on Almost Losing to Anti-Busing Candidate

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Former mayor of Boston, Kevin White, talks about almost losing in the 1967 general election to Louise Day Hicks, a Boston School Committee member who was anti-desegregation and “anti-black.” The 1965 Racial Imbalance Act, which desegregated the public schools in Boston via court-ordered busing of children into different neighborhood schools, … Continue reading

Nashville Sit-Ins
James Lawson on Gaining Courage from the Nashville Sit-Ins

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James Lawson, a professor and reverend, describes how rewarding it was for him to be a part of the Nashville sit-ins–a nonviolent campaign to end racially segregated lunch counters in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, which lasted from February 13 to May 10, 1960. Lawson recalls how his fellow protestors such as … Continue reading

Nashville Sit-Ins
Fear Did Not Stop Diane Nash from Leading Nashville Sit-Ins


Civil rights strategist Diane Nash was a chairperson and leader of the campaign to end racially segregated lunch counters in downtown Nashville, Tennessee–a campaign now known as the Nashville sit-ins, which lasted from February 13 to May 10, 1960. Nash led a group of young students to sit-in at segregated … Continue reading