Family Reflects on Maryland Civil Rights Leader's Life
Black History Month this year is especially poignant as it marks the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, a march in which one local leader participated.
Selma 50 Years Later: Amelia Boynton Robinson Recalls Bloody Sunday
“They came with horses,” Amelia Boynton Robinson recalled. “They came with nightsticks.” On March 7, 1965, Alabama state troopers blocked civil rights demonstrators who had just crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Boynton Robinson, then a middle-aged black woman, was tear-gassed and beaten and slumped unconscious on the side of the road. The troopers attacked the marchers in events that became known as "Bloody Sunday."
19th-century photographer Hugh Mangum made portraits of both black and white Americans across the Jim Crow South. Now a modern-day photographer wants to discover the identities of the people in those pictures.
Derek Bolin, a UCLA graduate student, recently salvaged and digitized speeches from the '50s. He found this long-lost speech from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered to UCLA students just after the march from Selma in 1965. It still resonates.