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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at Freedom Rally, Memphis, TN

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Creator:Withers, Ernest C., 1922-2007
Title:Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at Freedom Rally, Memphis, TN
Date:1959 July 31

Black-and-white photograph from July 31, 1959 of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking at a Freedom Rally in Memphis, Tennessee. King stands in front of a microphone and podium. In the background is a banner with photographs of African American candidates in the city election. From left to right, Russell Sugarmon running for public works commissioner; Benjamin Hooks for a juvenile court judgeship; and Roy Love and Henry C. Banton for school board. The men made up the "Volunteer Ticket" and the meeting was a rally that drew 5,000 African Americans to hear King, Daisy Bates, and others. Mrs. Bates was leader of the Little Rock, Arkansas National Association for the Advancement of Colored People movement to integrate Central High School in 1957.

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Subjects:King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Sugarmon, Russell B., 1929- | Hooks, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lawson), 1925- | Love, Roy | Bunton, Henry Clay, 1903- | Civil rights movements--Tennessee--Memphis | African American civil rights workers--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights workers--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights--Tennessee--Memphis | African Americans--Civil rights--Tennessee--Memphis | African Americans--Tennessee--Memphis | Memphis (Tenn.)--Race relations | Race relations | African American clergy--Tennessee--Memphis | Political candidates--Tennessee--Memphis | African American civic leaders--Tennessee--Memphis | Civic leaders--Tennessee--Memphis | Mass meetings--Tennessee--Memphis | United States, Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, 35.1495343, -90.0489801
Collection:Memphis civil rights photograph collection
Institution:Memphis Public Library's Memphis and Shelby County Room
Contributors:Memphis Public Library. Memphis and Shelby County Room
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Memphis Civil Rights Photograph Collection, Memphis Public Library, Memphis, Tennessee

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