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Distro - The Women of the Civil Rights Movement

African American women had key roles in civil rights movement. Pivotal in the battles for racial equality in America, they risked their lives and worked tirelessly, demanding a social revolution. 


1. Virginia. 1960. Teaching the illiterate to write so that they may have the right to vote. By Eve Arnold.

2. Mississippi. 1962. Annell Ponder, member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) was beaten by police in a Winona, Mississippi jail. By Danny Lyon.

3. Virginia. 1960. Core group. Training activist not to react to provocation. By Eve Arnold.

4. Virginia. 1958. Black and white children at a party to introduce mixed schools. By Eve Arnold

5. Alabama. 1963. Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) workers stand outside the funeral of the four girls who’d been killed by the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. From left to right: Emma Bell, Dorie Ladner, Dona Richards, Sam Shirah and Doris Derby. By Danny Lyon.

6. Arkansas. 1957. Recess on the first day of integration at Little Rock High. A group of girls gather to talk. By Burt Glinn.

7. Georgia. 1963. Demonstrators about to be arrested. By Danny Lyon

8. Washington, D.C. August 28, 1963. Demonstrators sing “We Shall Overcome” after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. By Leonard Freed.

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