Martin Luther King, Jr. and Andrew Young

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Andrew Young, March Against Fear, Grenada, Mississippi
On June 7, 1966, King hurried to Memphis, Tennessee, to huddle with fellow civil rights leaders Floyd McKissick (new national director of the Congress of Racial Equality) and Stokely Carmichael (new chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) after activist James Meredith was wounded by a shotgun blast on the second day of his planned one-man march from Memphis to Jackson, Mississippi. Despite increasing rivalries among their respective organizations, King, McKissick, and Carmichael vowed to carry on Meredith’s 220-mile March Against Fear under the co-sponsorship of SCLC, CORE, and SNCC. Intended to serve in part as a black voter registration drive, the march resumed and gathered strength as it moved through the countryside along Highway 51. When the marchers reached Grenada, Mississippi—described by Time magazine as "a white supremacist stronghold"—they staged an evening rally at the town’s Jefferson Davis memorial, where King and other leaders addressed the crowd.
Charmian Reading, 1930 - 2014
Martin Luther King, Jr., 15 Jan 1929 - 4 Apr 1968
Andrew Young, born 12 Mar 1932
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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1966 (printed 1986)
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Human Figures
Human Figures\Crowd
Andrew Young: Male
Andrew Young: Religion and Spirituality\Clergy\Pastor
Andrew Young: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist
Andrew Young: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Georgia
Andrew Young: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Ambassador\United Nations
Andrew Young: Politics and Government\Public Official\Mayor\Atlanta, GA
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Male
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist\Civil rights leader
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Religion and Spirituality\Clergy\Minister
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Nobel Prize
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Congressional Gold Medal
United States\Mississippi\Grenada
Gelatin silver print on paper
Image/Sheet: 34.3 x 25.4cm (13 1/2 x 10")
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