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Oviatt Library • 10 weeks ago

Protest to improve safety for schoolchildren, Los Angeles, 1966. Pictured are Leon Washington (front left) and Marnesba Tillmon Tackett (far right). Tackett, a civil rights activist, worked to desegregate Los Angeles public schools. Harry Adams Collection. Institute for Arts and Media Photographs.

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Life magazine cover, July 1966 (Watts, Los Angeles)

Florynce Kennedy, civil rights lawyer, feminist, political activist, eccentric, New York, August 1, 1969; Photograph by Richard Avedon. In the 1970s Kennedy traveled the lecture circuit with writer Gloria Steinem. If a man asked the pair if they were lesbians — a stereotype of feminists at the time — Flo would quote TiGrace Atkinson and answer, "Are you my alternative?" In 1974, People magazine wrote that she was "The biggest, loudest and, indisputably, the rudest mouth on the battleground."