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Read an overview of this pivotal event in the nation's civil rights era

Introduce students to Freedom Summer with this overview of key events. Each slide contains images of original documents and notes to help guide discussion

Date: 1967 ca.

Description: Father James Groppi (center) and the NAACP participate in a civil rights march. Police are armed and escorting the protestors. The marchers are passing an...

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Description: Portrait of James L. Farmer, Jr. sitting at his desk with a "End Segregation - CORE" poster behind him. James Leonard Farmer, Jr. was a civil rights activi...

Date: 1957-09 ca.

Description: In order to control the angry crowds that gathered near Central High School during the integration crisis, the police used fire hoses. Here a boy on the gr...

The Society owns one of the nation's richest collections of Civil Rights movement records, including more than 100 manuscript collections on Freedom Summer

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Description: A group of Civil Rights activists, including Septima Clark (left), pose in front of the Highlander Library.

Date: 1969 

Description: A Huelgusta (striker) against Fall River Canning Company with Obreros Unidos (United Workers), standing with a crowd. She is wearing round earrings, a blac...

Date: 1965-03 

Description: Ralph Helstein (second from the left), the president of the United Packinghouse Workers of America, with other union leaders on the first day of the civil...

Date: 1964 ca.

Description: A woman and child carry CORE picket signs protesting school segregation.

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SOC Leaders

Date: 1993-09 

Description: Scott Douglas and Connie Tucker (right), leaders of the Southern Organizing Committee (SOC), at an unidentified event.

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Fair Housing March

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Description: Marchers carrying signs bearing the names of Milwaukee suburbs during a CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) march for fair housing in Milwaukee. They are pa...

Date: 1963-08 

Description: A printed appeal "to MARCH on WASHINGTON, Wednesday August 28, 1963." Some of the text reads "American faces a crisis...Millions of Negroes are denied free...

Date: 1970-12-29 ca.

Description: Poster advocating the boycott of Polaroid cameras due to the company's supposed involvement in South Africa's apartheid regime. A list of grievances and de...

Date: 1956-12-21 

Description: Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. riding a bus with white Methodist minister Glenn Smiley during the Montgomery bus integration struggle. The man seated in fro...

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Willie McGee Rally

Date: 1952 before

Description: An unidentified rally in support of the rights of Willie McGee who was convicted of raping a white woman in 1945. His case attracted the attention of many...

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Description: Cover design of a pamphlet entitled "The Five Horses of the Apocalypse," featuring a line drawing of Ku Klux Klansmen wearing conic masks and white robes (...

Date: 1957-09-28 

Description: Violence against African American journalists covering the Little Rock integration story. Here the crowd moves in on Jimmy Hicks (center, wearing a hat),...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Father James Groppi, seen wearing sunglasses in the middle of a crowd, leads a demonstration against discrimination.

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