Monday, February 27, 2006

Never Forget

Just in time for Black History Month, The Birmingham (Al.) News is publishing never-before-seen photos from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's as it took place in Alabama. The photos had apparently been buried in a closet since the time they were taken, and some intern just happened to stumble across them this month.

The link to the photos is here. Some of the ones I found particularly interesting are below.

Alabama National Guardsmen protecting a bus carrying black and white "Freedom Riders"

The Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth stares down a vigilante looking to block blacks' access to a bus terminal

John Lewis, now a U.S. congressman, in a march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery, protesting for full voting rights. Minutes after this photo was taken, the marchers, including many children, were attacked by state troopers wielding tear gas and clubs.

The mayor of Birmingham upon learning of the bombing of the 16th St. Baptist church, in which 4 little black girls were killed.

One of many instances of peaceful student protesters being attacked with fire hoses in downtown Birmingham.


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