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Mugshots of Freedom Riders, Jackson Mississippi, 1961. I love their faces and the range of emotions. All the tiny and not so tiny smiles, as if they know something. I wonder if they knew they'd win.

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Myrlie Evers at her husbands funeral, 1963. Her husband was a prominent civil rights activist in America who was assassinated by a ku klux klan member

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Election poster for Hamer’s 1971 run for the Mississippi Senate. Courtesy The Tougaloo College Civil Rights Collection at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History

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June 21 1964 - civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were murdered by white supremacists.

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Viola Gregg Liuzzo (1925-1965) was the first white female civil rights activist killed during the American civil rights movement. She was horrified by the images of the “Bloody Sunday” voting rights march in Alabama in March 1965. Therefore, she traveled to Selma, saying the struggle "was everybody's fight". While shuttling marchers in her car, she was shot and murdered by a Ku Klux Klan member. One of four Klansmen in the car was Gary Thomas Rowe, Jr. who turned out to being a FBI…

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Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine In 1958, LIFE's Paul Schutzer photographed activist Daisy Bates (fourth from left) as she posed in front of the U.S. Supreme Court with members of the Little Rock Nine. Standing tall and proud in front of the highest court in the land, these civil rights pioneers assert their identities as Americans worthy of all every protection under the law.

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Ella Josephine Baker (December 13, 1903 – December 13, 1986) was an African-American civil rights and human rights activist beginning in the 1930s. She was a behind-the-scenes activist, whose career spanned over five decades. She worked alongside some of the most famous civil rights leaders of the 20th century, including W. E. B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, A. Philip Randolph, and Martin Luther King Jr. She also mentored such then-young civil rights stalwarts as Diane Nash, Stokely…

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Angela Davis, looking fierce and beautiful. What Emmy Hughes's mom might look like: from The Last King, a fantasy/romance novel by A. Yamina Collins

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