A group of black Weaver High School students march on Albany Avenue in Hartford Connecticut in support of the Black Panthers, chatting and smiling as they go.


 Black PantherProtests1969 In 1969, Connecticut saw a rise in youth involvement in support of the Black Panthers Party after the arrest of Huey P. Newton, the founder of the group. The Civil Rights Movement in Hartford had been working to end racial disparity and lift up the black community in the area. Some of these protesters were […]

Polumbaum, Ted. "Freedom Summer Volunteers Canvasing in Mississippi." Digital image. PBS: American Experience. June 1964. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/freedomsummer-project/.


  Freedom SummerJune 1964 Freedom Summer was a campaign to assist African Americans in registering to vote, to education black youth, and to fight for desegregation and equality. To achieve these goals, African American organizers needed to train volunteers, who were subsequently mostly white, to prepare for the inevitable attacks they would experience in Mississippi. Many of the volunteers […]

Herron, Matt. "Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Protests at the Democratic National Convention." Digital image. PBS: American Experience. August 1964. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/freedomsummer-project/.

New Jersey

  Democratic National ConventionAugust 1964 During Freedom Summer, many of the volunteers traveled from Mississippi in August of 1964 to Atlantic City, New Jersey to protest at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). They sought the equality the current two party system was denying people of color. This led to the formation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic […]

"Civil Rights protesters and Woolworth's Sit-In, Durham, NC." Digital image. State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC. February 10, 1960. https://www.flickr.com/photos/north-carolina-state-archives/24521501625/.

North Carolina

 Adkin High School Protest1951 A completely student-led desegregation protests at Adkin High School, over seven hundred students walked out of class to protest the unequal facilities between their all-black school and the all-white school in Kinston, North Carolina. After picketing outside for weeks they successfully obtained updates to their school. However, the school remained segregated […]

Freedom Summer Training before leaving for Oxford, Mississippi from Oxford, Ohio.


  Freedom Summer TrainingJune 1964 Initially known as The Mississippi Summer Project, a group of seven to eight hundred volunteers, including teenagers, participated in training for a summer trip to Mississippi where they would face off against racism and violence while attempting to register African Americans to vote. The training, initially intended to take place in […]