Teaching with Primary Sources

Ruby and Rosa: A Journey to Equality

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This is a picture of two men holding signs that say "Down with Segregation!"

Title: Mrs. Nettie Hunt, sitting on steps of Supreme Court, holding newspaper, explaining to her daughter Nikie the meaning of the Supreme Court's decision banning school segregation
Created/Published: 1954
Copyright: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, NYWT&S Collection

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This is a picture of a White Woman and an African American Woman eating at a lunch counter.

Title: Caucasian woman and African American woman, protesting segregation, sitting side by side on stools at a Nashville, Tenn. lunch counter that has been roped off.
Summary: see Title
Created/Published: 1960
Copyright: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, NYWT&S Collection

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Title: Classroom exhibit, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama
Summary: Display of a classroom for white students during the time of segregation
Created/Published: 1946
Copyright: No known restrictions on publication


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This is a picture of Ruby Bridges, age six years old.

Title: Six-year-old Ruby Bridges, three-quarter length portrait, standing, facing front
Summary: see Title
Created/Published: 1960
Copyright: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, NYWT&S Collection

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This is a pictue of Rosa Parks as an adult.

Title: She set a precedent
Summary: Rosa Parks
Created/Published: 1964
Copyright: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, NYWT&S Collection

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This is a picture of a demonstration at a lunch counter during the Civil Rights Movement.
Title: [Civil rights activists occupying a lunchroom counter during a sit-in]
Summary: See Title
Created/Published: Between 1962 and 1964
Copyright: : Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
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This is a picture of public swimming pool that went private to avoid African Americans swimming.  African Americans are standing in line.
Title: The public swimming pool has been changed into a "private pool" in order to remain segregated
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Created/Published: 1963 or 1964
Copyright: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Danny Lyon
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This is a picture of a display from the Birmingham Museum of a classroom for African American students during the time of segregation.
Title: Classroom exhibit, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama
Summary: Display of a classroom for African American students during the time of segregation
Created/Published: 2010
Copyright: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Danny Lyon
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This is a picture of separate water fountains for African Americans and Whites during the time of segregation.
Title: Segregated drinking fountains labeled "white" and "colored" in the Dougherty County Courthouse, Albany, Georgia
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Created/Published: Between 1962 and 1964
Copyright: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Danny Lyon
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This is a display from the Birmingham Museum of separate water fountains for African Americans and Whites during the time of segregation.
Title: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama
Summary: Display of separate fountains for African Americans and White populations
Created/Published: 2010
Copyright: No known restrictions on publication
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Title: The March on Washington, August 28
Summary: see Title
Created/Published: 1963
Copyright:Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Danny Lyon

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Last Updated on July 21, 2010