Category: civil rights

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Harry Belafonte, Martin Luther King Jr.,

Sammy Davis Jr., and Hillard Elkins

at a Times Square benefit show called ‘Broadway Answers Selma’ on April 4, 1965.

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Jet magazine covers from 1964

Malcolm X during a demonstration against discriminatory hiring practices in Brooklyn, New York in 1963.

Photos by Bob Henriques

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Malcolm X photographed by John Launois in Cairo, August 1964.

R.I.P. (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965)

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Martin Luther King Jr. enjoys Sunday dinner

at home

after church with his wife Coretta and their children Yolanda, Marty, Dexter, and Bernice on November 8, 1964.

(Photos by Flip Schulke) 

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JET Magazine covers from 1964

Muhammad Ali with his mentor

Malcolm X at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, 1964.

Malcolm arranged for Ali (then Cassius X) to meet with diplomats from Africa and Asia at the United Nations. Sports writer Murray Robinson noted in the New York Journal American that Malcolm intended to “make the heavyweight champion an international political figure.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at the World Affairs Council in Los Angeles, 1967.

Photos by Ernest Reshovsky

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JET Magazine covers from 1964

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“When I am dead–I say it that way because from the things I know, I do not expect to live long enough to read this book in its finished form–I want you to just watch and see if I’m not right in what I say: that the white man, in his press, is going to identify me with “hate”. He will make use of me dead, as he has made use of me alive, as a convenient symbol, of “hatred”–and that will help him escape facing the truth that all I have been doing is holding up a mirror to reflect, to show, the history of unspeakable crimes that his race has committed against my race.” 

― Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)