Martin Luther King Jr removing a burned cross from his front yard
The first “sit-in” of the civil rights movement happened at the Katz Drug Store in downtown Oklahoma City. August 19, 1958
A black mother and her daughter stand in front of the colored entrance of a department store, by Gordon Parks, Mobile, Alabama, 1956
Black children looking in on a whites-only playground, Mobile, Alabama 1956
Rosa Parks sits in the front of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1956
Ruby Bridges, the first African-American to attend a white elementary school in the deep South, 1960
Civil rights protesters getting hosed. Birmingham, Alabama, 1963.
Volunteer civil rights activists undergo tolerance training in preparation for sit-in demonstrations where patrons who opposed would often try to discourage them by blowing smoke in their faces, pulling their hair, or making loud and distracting noises, Petersburg, Virginia, May, 1960
Lunch Counter Sit-In, Jackson Mississippi, 1963: Civil Rights demonstrators being taunted and covered with sugar, mustard and ketchup.
Birmingham, Alabama Fire Department Aims High-Pressure Water Hoses at Civil Rights Demonstrators, May 1963 by Charles Moore
When a group of white and African American integrationists entered a segregated hotel swimming pool, manager James Brock poured acid into it, shouting “I’m cleaning the pool!” in St. Augustine, Florida, on June 18, 1964
15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford walking alone in front of Little Rock High School while being taunted by a hateful mob. Eckford was alone because she failed to receive notification that the date for desegregating the school had been postponed by a day.
The first day that public schools were integrated in Montgomery, Alabama, 1963 by Flip Schulke.
Dorothy Counts the first black student at Harry Harding High School, Charlotte, North Carolina, walking to school, 4th September 1957
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King lead a crowd of civil rights marchers through the streets of Montgomery, Ala., at the culmination of the Selma-to-Montgomery march, March 25, 1965
Martin Luther King Jr delivers his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech op August 28, 1963
President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 2, 1964. The law outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace, and by facilities that served the general public.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize from the hands of Gunnar Jahn, Chairman of the Nobel Committee, in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 1964.
The 35-year-old Reverend King was the youngest man ever to receive the prize. In the presentation speech, King was praised as a “man who has never abandoned his faith in the unarmed struggle he is waging, who has suffered for his faith, who has been imprisoned on many occasions, whose home has been subject to bomb attacks, whose life and the lives of his family have been threatened, and who nevertheless has never faltered.”