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Civil Rights Movement: Desegregation Images

"Straighten Up and Come Right"

March on Washington Movement flyer, c. 1941.

Irene Morgan

A young Irene Morgan, who in July of 1944 was arrested and jailed for refusing to give up her seat to a white couple on an interstate bus. Two years later her case reached the U.S. Supreme Court where segregation in interstate travel was ruled unconstitutional.

Jim Crow Water Jug

A man drinks from a segregated water dispenser, c. 1939.

No Entry

A Jim Crow placard.

A Jim Crow Movie Ticket

A Jim Crow ticket of admission to a movie theatre in Decator, Alabama.

The Murder of Emmett Till

The bold cover of a 1954 issue of Jet, and three photographs published in Jet's 15 September 1955 issue: Mamie Mobley and her son Emmett, the mutilated corpse of 14-year-old Emmett Till, and Mamie Mobley standing before the body of her murdered son.

Taking Seats in the Front of the Bus

Two black men sit in the front seats of a Montgomery city bus on December 21, 1956, after a Supreme Court ruling barring segregation on city buses leads to the end of the bus boycott.

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on the cover of Time magazine, 18 February 1957.

Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine

Daisy Bates, president of the Arkansas NAACP and the Little Rock Nine who in September of 1957 desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Seated (left to right): Gloria Ray, Elizabeth Eckford, Minniejean Brown, Thelma Mothershed. Standing (left to right: Jefferson Thomas, Daisy Bates, Carlotta Walls, Terrance Roberts, Melba Pattilo, Ernest Green.

Sitting In

In Greensboro, North Carolina, black and white sit-in protestors endure the abuse of white citizens who hurl insults and drench the demonstrators in food, c. 1960.

Birmingham Protests Confront Police

Birmingham police use attack dogs to remove a young protestor from the downtown business district. Other demonstrators, many soaked from the blast of firehoses, witness the attack.

The 1963 March on Washington

A view from the March on Washington, 28 August 1963.

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