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American pacifist James Zwerg after being beaten by a mob in Montgomery, Alabama in 1960 as part of the freedom riders. Zwerg volunteered to leave the bus first upon arriving in Montgomery, knowing he’d bear the brunt of the violent crowd’s aggression.

Susan B Anthony pummeled and arrested for attempting to vote in 1872. She was fined 100 dollars for registering to vote.

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Newly Integrated Friends (1954) This photo was taken less than four months after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. Public schools in Baltimore opened with black and white students in the same classrooms. Charles Thompson, the only black pupil at Public School No. 27, is greeted by his new classmates

The Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March, 1965. By James Karales There were white people of strength and character who joined the fight for civil rights with formidable passion for racial equality. It was not just a black rights matter but a human rights issue.