Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

October 7, 1965

Guest post by Madison Wolf, undergraduate student at Manhattan College.

On October 7, 1965, the Chicago Defender ran an article explaining that the Rev. Hosea Williams planned a 120-mile walk to the state’s capital Georgia, after African American teenagers were attacked by unruly whites for attempting to integrate a school. Classes often focus on the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While this is of course extremely important, I feel like we should also be learning about things like this. I don’t think schools should sugar-coat the civil rights movement anymore. This article gives readers an inside look into what it felt like to be an African American at this time and the fear and anger that they felt. 

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