Some photos by Gordon Parks from 1956: More.
Franklin Eugene McCain died two days ago. McCain and three others, now known as the “Greensboro Four,” are credited with initiating the sit-in movement when they sat down at the F. W. Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro on February 1, 1960 and requested service. Read the whole story here. More on segregation. More iconic images of human rights violations.
This happened three weeks after Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus abruptly derailed school desegregation in September 1957. Confident that the Negroes would be kept out by the cordon of Arkansas National Guardsmen surrounding the school, crowds of angry whites—many having no connection to the school or to Little Rock—arrived every morning to demonstrate their disapproval of integration. They watched white students enter the school and kept a watchful eye to make sure black students, though backed by […]
“Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant, and this white waitress came up to me and said: ‘We don’t serve colored people here.’ I said: ‘That’s all right, I don’t eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.’ ” Dick Gregory More political jokes.
I’ll never be able to understand how this scene could have been horrifying to anyone: And this image shows the absurdness of segregation: Is this de facto segregation? I couldn’t find anything about the context of the photo: And this is just one of the sexiest images ever: If you look carefully at the top left of this image, you’ll see a fellow who doesn’t know his place: More images on segregation are here. More […]