Monday, January 18, 2016

“Sammy Davis, Jr. and the actress Ruby Dee being...

"Sammy Davis, Jr. and the actress Ruby Dee being interviewed at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom at the Lincoln Memorial in #WashingtonDC in May 1957. Under cloudy skies, the assembly — which park police estimated to be a crowd of 15,000 — overflowed the memorial steps, spread over Memorial Circle and occupied the grass, around the end of the reflecting pool. The 3-hour demonstration was marked with speeches by prominent civil rights leaders, including one by the then 28-year-old preacher, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The @nytimes wrote the following day that King received the biggest ovation of the afternoon and "appeared a hero to the pilgrims." @nytimes photographer George Tames took this photo, which came from our #archives. #MLKday" By nytimes on Instagram.

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