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March to support 1969 school boycott

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Creator:Withers, Ernest C., 1922-2007
Title:March to support 1969 school boycott
Date:1969
Description:

Black-and-white photograph from the fall of 1969 of a march down Beale Street to support the schol boycott in Memphis, Tennessee. Pictured are left-to-right Jesse Epps, Ralph Jackson, Maxine Smith, Ezekial Bell, and Adjua Naantaanbuu. Signs read "[Matter not] hard you try you can't stop us now"; "Justice for all school board and St. Joseph"; "White merchants do right speak out." Civil rights workers in Memphis organized "Black Mondays," school boycotts where African American children stayed out of school on Mondays, to protest the all-white school board leading a district that was predominately African American. The school boycotts spread to include downtown merchants and other points of segregation in the community. In November 1969, two non-voting African Americans were appointed to the school board, ending the boycotts.

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Types:Image
Subjects:Jackson, Ralph | Bell, Ezekial | Smith, Maxine Atkins | Naantaanbuu, Adjua | Epps, Jesse | Civil rights movements--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights demonstrations--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 | Boycotts--Tennessee--Memphis | Memphis (Tenn.)--Race relations | Race relations | Segregation in education--Tennessee--Memphis | School boards--Tennessee--Memphis | Central business districts--Tennessee--Memphis | Signs and signboards--Tennessee--Memphis | Shelby County (Tenn.) | Memphis (Tenn.)
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
Online Publisher:Knoxville, Tenn. : University of Tennessee, Knoxville in association with Memphis Public Library | Volunteer Voices (Project) | 2006-09-07
Original Material:

Memphis Civil Rights Photograph Collection, Box 1, Item #28, Memphis Public Library, Memphis, Tennessee

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Persistent Link to Item:http://idserver.utk.edu/?id=200700000001433