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August 28, 1955 – 14-year-old Emmett Till Abducted and Murdered in Mississippi Delta

Civil Rights History
The Movement
Sixty years ago, on August 28, 1955, Chicago teen, Emmett Till, visiting family in Money, Mississippi was abducted and brutally murdered for acting "familiar" when speaking to a white woman.
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August 20, 1619: First Enslaved Africans Land in Jamestown, Virginia

Civil Rights History
The Movement
Three hundred ninety-six years ago, the first enslaved Africans arrived at Jamestown in the British colony of Virginia, marking the origin of slavery in English North America.
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Cecelia Hayden-Smith – A Connection to Slavery

The March
The March
"I knew that nothing that I said or did could make her think that we needed anything except good white people to be good to us."
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August 17, 1965: Days of Riots End in Watts

Civil Rights History
The Movement
On August 17, 1965, six days of rioting finally came to an end in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.
FILE- In this Aug. 6, 1944 file photo an armed soldier stands guard in the back of a trolley in Philadelphia. President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent troops to break up a strike by transit workers who were protesting the hiring and promotion of African-Americans. The current walkout will surely cause economic and political damage, but Philadelphia is unlikely to see the strong-arm tactics and strike-related violence seen in decades past, historians and labor experts say. (AP Photo/John Lindsay, File)

August 1, 1944 – White Philadelphia Transit Workers Strike to Protest Promotion of Black Employees

Civil Rights History
The Movement
In August of 1944, thousands of white transit workers in Philadelphia went on strike to protest the promotion of 8 black workers to the position of trolley driver, a job that had previously been reserved for white men.
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Rep. John Lewis Recalls the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

The March
The March
"You knew he wanted us to participate and to share and believe in his dream.  And he was saying the fact that it was not just his dream, it was a dream for America." 
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Ambassador Andrew Young on Dr. King’s Arrest in Birmingham

The Movement
The Movement
“By the time Dr. King went to jail, there were already 400 or 500 people in jail. They asked him not to go. They asked him to call it off … and he said, ‘The only thing I can do in a clear conscience is go to jail with them.’”
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Reverend C.T. Vivian on The Method of the Civil Rights Movment

The Movement
The Movement
"We didn't have a method. Non-violent direct action under Martin King became the method—THAT was the movement."
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Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, President Emeritus, SCLC, on Racism and Resolution

The Movement
The Movement
"(He) said 'Get back... don’t you see a white man coming?' and that was one of the dark moments of my childhood."
29 Jun 1964, Washington, DC, USA --- A missing persons poster displays the photographs of civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney, and Michael Henry Schwerner after they disappeared in Mississippi. It was later discovered that they were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

August 4, 1964 – Bodies of Murdered Civil Rights Workers Found in Mississippi

Civil Rights History
The Movement
On August 4th, 1964, the search for three missing civil rights activists came to a tragic end. They had been shot to death after last being seen a month and a half earlier.