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"In 1926, a group of African-American residents of Wilmington, NC, asked if they could use the Wilmington Public Library. They were denied and within a few months they raised enough money to start their own library at Giblem Masonic Hall."

"In 1926, a group of African-American residents of Wilmington, NC, asked if they could use the Wilmington Public Library. They were denied and within a few months they raised enough money to start their own library at Giblem Masonic Hall."

Harsh, Vivian G. (ca. 1930s).  Special Negro Collection, George Cleveland Hall Branch, Chicago Public Library

Harsh, Vivian G. (ca. 1930s). Special Negro Collection, George Cleveland Hall Branch, Chicago Public Library

When Liberalism Came Apart:  Two new books about the late 1960s provide grist for thinking about political turbulence today.

When Liberalism Came Apart: Two new books about the late 1960s provide grist for thinking about political turbulence today.

Group portrait of NAACP members at the Kansas conference of the NAACP, posed outside of a motion picture theater, 1944

Group portrait of NAACP members at the Kansas conference of the NAACP, posed outside of a motion picture theater, 1944

An Illinois National Guardsmen in an altercation with civil rights counter demonstrator Jerry Gasiorowski in Cicero, Illinois, c. 1966. (Photograph by Declan Haun.)

An Illinois National Guardsmen in an altercation with civil rights counter demonstrator Jerry Gasiorowski in Cicero, Illinois, c. 1966. (Photograph by Declan Haun.)

children waving to marchers from a porch during selma march, 1965

children waving to marchers from a porch during selma march, 1965

(25395) Civil Rights, Demonstrations, "March on Washington," 1963 | Walter P Reuther Library - Wayne State University

(25395) Civil Rights, Demonstrations, "March on Washington," 1963 | Walter P Reuther Library - Wayne State University

President Eisenhower and Governor Faubus have just concluded their meeting, arranged by Congressman Brooks Hays, Arkansas, and President Eisenhower's Chief of Staff, Sherman Adams, at the U.S. Naval Base, Newport, Rhode Island.

President Eisenhower and Governor Faubus have just concluded their meeting, arranged by Congressman Brooks Hays, Arkansas, and President Eisenhower's Chief of Staff, Sherman Adams, at the U.S. Naval Base, Newport, Rhode Island.

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