Participants gathered for the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in Washington, D.C. in 1957 to demand more action on civil rights as the Supreme Court banned segregation in schools.

Dug from ‘The New York Times’ archives.

A portrait of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taken in 1963 & the stamp-posted back of the original photograph.



Malcolm X was sleeping at his Queens, NY home when firebombs crashed through his living room windows at 3 a.m. in 1965.
Run-DMC performing at Madison Square Garden in 1986. Their lyrics to “Raising Hell” were structured as a diatribe that delineated the injustices of young black people.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
17-year old athlete Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (formerly Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.) with his teammates at the championship basketball game for Catholic high schools.
Schoolchildren in 1964.
Schoolchildren in 1964.
Lena Horne
Lena Horne at her Upper West Side, Manhattan penthouse. Prior to moving in, Horne was consistently denied rent by racist landlords and brokers. Outraged, her friend Harry Belafonte purchased the whole building and invited friends to move in.
Martin Luther
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during his round table discussion at WNBC-TV in 1963.
Adam Clayton
Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. of Harlem (left) was prevented from taking his seat by a House vote in 1967 for being a Negro supporter.
Photographer:Don Hogan Charles Photographer:Allyn Baum Photographer:Sam Falk Photographer:George Tames Photographer:Chester Higgins Jr.