Photograph taken at the trial of Emmett Till by the infamous civil rights photographer, Ernest Withers who also doubled as a FBI Informant. Withers defied the judge’s orders prohibiting photography, documenting Till’s uncle Mose Wright identifying J.W. Milam, which “signified intimidation of Delta blacks was no longer as effective as the past,” and Wright “crossed a line that no one could remember a black man ever crossing in Mississippi.”

Anatole Broyard, who died in 1990. He was the influential book critic for the New York Times for 18 years. He was a black man who 'passed' for white and he never told his children. A fascinating and heartbreaking story. (Click pic for full story)

Freedom Riders, 1961; Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States in 1961, and following years, to challenge the non-enforcement of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions Irene Morgan v. Commonwealth of Virginia (1946) and Boynton v. Virginia (1960), which ruled that segregated public buses were unconstitutional. The southern states refused to acknowledge these federal rulings.

This shows how a grown Black man being forced to kiss the foot of some white fool, while other white a$$holes watch. Segregation was real.

Black civil rights demonstrators attacked by police water hose. Birmingham, Alabama May 1963.

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Secret Black Surgeon: Dr. HAMILTON NAKI, 1967 first successful heart transplant,Cape Town. But he could never appear because he was Black. Apartheid a Black man, could not operate on Caucasian patients or touch their blood. White,Chief surgeon, Dr. Christian Barnard, immediately became a celebrity. Hamilton Naki was not allowed to appear on photos with the team. If he accidentally got on a picture, the hospital said he was with the cleaning service, making ​him a secret surgeon

Elizabeth Jennings Graham was a black woman who lived in New York City. In 1854 she was told to get off a streetcar and then forcibly removed by the crew and a police officer. Jennings filed a lawsuit against the driver, the conductor, and the Third Avenue Railroad Company in Brooklyn. In 1855, she received a verdict in her favor and was awarded damages of two hundred and twenty five dollars plus costs. The next day, the Third Avenue Railroad Company ordered its cars desegregated.

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Amazing photograph of a very historical day with Troops marching in Gettysburg from the town towards the Memorial Cemetery for Mr. Lincoln to make history by giving his Gettysburg Address speech. He would perhaps be somewhere in the photograph or very near in the procession.

Ida B. Wells was an American journalist, newspaper editor and an early leader in the civil rights movement. She documented lynching in the United States, showing how it was often a way to control or punish blacks who competed with whites. She was active in the women's rights and the women's suffrage movement.

1945 - F.D. Roosevelt had died. Ed Clark drove to cover the news but found swarms of photographers trying to get the best view of FDR's coffin. Clark heard one of Roosevelt's favorite hymns Goin'Home being played on an accordion. He snapped a shot of Navy bandsman Gordon Jackson with tears streaming down his face as he played. No one else had seen what Clark had seen, and his dramatic photograph became the symbol of a nation in grief. This photo took up an entire page in the next issue of L...

James H. Meredith is a predominant figure in the civil rights movement. He was the first African American student to attend the University of Mississippi, an event that was a flash point in the American civil rights movement. In 1966, Meredith organized and led a civil rights March Against Fear. During it he was shot in the back and legs by Aubrey Norvell, who attempted to assassinate him. He recovered from his wounds.

These days if you tell someone about a Black Russian, they think you're referring to the cocktail made of vodka and coffee liqueur. But in this case, when we say Black Russian, we're referring to the remarkable Fyodor Fyodorovich Tomas (a/k/a Frederick Bruce Thomas). Learn how a Black man born in 1872 to former slaves in Mississippi went on to become the owner of one of the swankiest restaurants in Moscow .

El Fondren, 106 years old, celebrating his first successful attempt to register to vote in Mississippi in 1966. Photograph taken by Bob Fitch, a white photojournalist who gained fame for his work on the Civil Rights Movement.

Malcolm X Assassinated - 1965 -To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of African Americans, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. Detractors accused him of preaching racism, black supremacy, anti-Semitism and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.

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Born 2/29/1892, sculptor Augusta Savage fought poverty, racism and sexism to become a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Her extraordinary talent opened many doors that led to her becoming one of the most influential black teachers of her time and a strong voice for civil rights for blacks.

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A young Emmett Till; his death at the hands of white racists helped galvanize the Civil Rights Movement.