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Ernest C. Withers (American, 1922–2007) First Desegregated Bus Ride: Dr. Martin Luther King and Rev. Ralph Abernathy on first desegregated bus, Montgomery, Alabama, December 1956, from the portfolio I am a Man, 1956 Gelatin silver print Oberlin Friends of Art Fund, 2004.6.2

It took 40,000 black ppl walking to work for 381 days in Montgomery bus boycott, & Rosa Parks, to make history.

Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley's official response to a letter urging him not to prosecute Ku Klux Klan members who bombed a church that killed four black girls in 1976

a spot of december sun filtering onto the platform of victoria station, 1934 [original] photographer unknown, from london. portrait of a city

Interior of school on Mileston Plantation; School begins very late in the year and attendance is poor until December because the children pick cotton, Mileston, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi, 1939.

W. Eugene Smith's Landmark Photo Essay, 'Nurse Midwife'

Maude Callen on duty. In December 1951, LIFE published one of the most extraordinary photo essays ever to appear in the magazine. In W. Eugene Smith’s pictures, the story of a tireless South Carolina nurse and midwife named Maude Callen working in the rural South in the 1950s. She served as “doctor, dietician, psychologist, bail-goer and friend” to thousands of poor (most of them desperately poor) patients — only two percent of whom were white.

Poster promoting a scheduled appearance on the day he was assassinated, Memphis, Tennessee, United States, 1968, by the Southern Baptist Church (photographer unattributed).

African American Men Sitting Around Table Ca. 1920's Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were. Follow Us On Twitter @blackhistoryalb