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Civil Rights activists being abused while staging a sit-in at a Southern lunch counter (for their right to eat and sit anywhere in a restaurant as paying customers).

On Sept. 19, 1946, Truman met with civil rights officials who told him about Isaac Woodard being savagely beaten and blinded. When the state refused to prosecute the neighborhood watchman the president ordered action. For Truman, this was the defining moment of the civil rights crusade launched on Dec. 5, 1946, when he issued an executive order for the nation’s first civil rights commission. Truman went on to make executive orders to make our federal work force and armed forces shadeblind.

March 11, 1965 · Selma, Alabama Rev. James Reeb, a Unitarian minister from Boston, was among many white clergymen who joined the Selma marchers after the attack by state troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Reeb was beaten to death by white men while he walked down a Selma street.

Charlayne Hunter (1961), leaving the University of Georgia campus after registering as a student. She holds a place in Georgia Civil Rights history as one of the first two African American students along with ( Hamilton Holmes) admitted to the University of Georgia. Hunter-Gault is also known for her career as an award-winning journalist, and also respected for her work on television and in print.

Jim Letherer was a one-legged Jewish man from Saginaw, Michigan. In 1965, he walked the entire 50 miles from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, on crutches in support of the American Civil Rights Movement.