Wednesday, February 3, 2016

“Thousands came, from 30 states, to the Prayer Pilgrimage...

"Thousands came, from 30 states, to the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on May 17, 1957. The peaceful demonstrators wanted more, and faster, action on civil rights issues and to reflect on the 3rd anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. In a speech to the crowd that day, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. described that landmark Supreme Court decision as "a joyous daybreak to end the long night of enforced segregation." But even then, it was clear that segregation in schools would outlast its historic defeat in the courts, in part because efforts to put the ruling in effect were weak or nonexistent. This photo, by @nytimes staff photographer George Tames, seemed to capture perfectly the mood at the time: No one looks satisfied or triumphant. But the @nytimes article that ran the next day relied only on words. No photographs were included.

This #blackhistorymonth, we are sharing unpublished photos from the @nytimes's archives that reveal major moments in black history. #UnpublishedBlackHistory" By nytimes on Instagram.

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