10 Inspiring Photos of Unity from the Civil Rights Movement

Brought together by the prospect of justice and equality, many whites and blacks joined forces during the Civil Rights Movement.

Nov 17, 2015
Special Collections: CONNECTING HEARTS

The 1960’s in the United States brought a wave of social change - the tide of the time was changing as ideas and opinions were being constantly challenged. Though times were tumultuous, there were moments of hope as people came together - despite their differences - to stand up for equality. Captured on camera, these 10 photos show blacks and whites marching, singing, holdings hands and celebrating together in the pursuit of equal rights. These inspiring moments of solidarity are proof that the value of equality transcends racial differences.

1. UNITED DURING THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON IN 1963

Blacks and whites holding hands during the march on washington

2. SITTING AT A LUNCH COUNTER TOGETHER DURING THE 1960’S SIT-INS

Blacks and whites sitting at lunch counter during 1960's sit-ins

3. DEMANDING RACIAL EQUALITY AT A 1965 PROTEST

Black and whiter person holding sign in solidarity during civil rights march

4. MARCHING FOR EQUALITY IN RHODE ISLAND

Blacks and whites marching together in Rhode Island during civil rights movement

5. SUPPORTING THE RIGHT TO VOTE  

Blacks and whites demanding right to vote

6. HOLDING  HANDS DURING MARTIN LUTHER KING’S CIVIL RIGHTS RALLY IN 1963

Blacks and white holding hands during civil rights rally

7. AT A PARTY TO PROMOTE EQUALITY IN 1958

White girl and black girl doing make up in mirror at party for equality

8. SINGING TOGETHER DURING THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

Blacks and white holding hands and singing during march on washington

9. PREPARING FOR A FREEDOM RIDE IN MISSISSIPPI IN 1964

Blacks and white standing outside bus preparing for freedom ride

10. PLAYING BASEBALL TOGETHER (JACKIE ROBINSON AND HIS TEAMMATES)

Jackie Robinson and teammates in dugout
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