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  • Eyes on the Prize | Article

    Going Into Politics

    Maynard Jackson chose to enter politics in 1968, after the assassinations of national figures Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy.

  • Roads to Memphis | Article

    Dr. King's Bookshelf

    Clayborne Carson discusses King's relationship to the Bible, his opinion of Marx, and the science fiction novel that helped shape his activism.

  • A Day of Mourning After the Death of Dr. King, 1968 poster image
    LBJ | Primary Source

    A Day of Mourning After the Death of Dr. King, 1968

    LBJ announces that Sunday, April 7, 1968 will be a national day of mourning.

  • Film

    George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire

    Four times governor of Alabama, four times a candidate for president, he was feared as a racist demagogue and admired as a politician who spoke his mind. A lightning rod for controversy, Wallace both reflected and provoked tensions in American society over more than four decades. This film traces the rise of the firebrand politician from his roots in rural Alabama to the assassination attempt that suddenly transformed him.

  • Roads to Memphis | Clip

    Author Hampton Sides

    Hampton Sides discusses writing the book Hellhound on His Trail, a dramatic account of the search for James Earl Ray after he assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King. 

  • Eyes on the Prize | Article

    People Of The Civil Rights Movement: Part 1

    Learn about key figures during the civil rights movement.

  • Citizen King | Article

    An Interview with Orlando Bagwell

    Acclaimed filmmaker Orlando Bagwell explores Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and describes working on Citizen King.

  • George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire | Article

    Selma March

    On March 25, 1965, triumphant civil rights demonstrators led by Martin Luther King, Jr. marched into Montgomery, Alabama.

  • Freedom Riders | Article

    The Cold War

    Civil rights were not a major concern for the Kennedy administration. Rather, Cold War politics were front and center.

  • Freedom Riders | Article

    Spirit of the Times

    Midway between the 1954 Brown school desegregation decision and the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, the Freedom Rides captured the zeitgeist of the decade to come.

  • Freedom Riders | Article

    What Came Next

    The Freedom Rides represented a major evolution in the tactics and strategy of the Civil Rights Movement and marked an unprecedented level of engagement with the federal government.

  • Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple | Article

    Race and the Peoples Temple

    Peoples Temple welcomed people of every race and ethnicity. The racial integration became self-fulfilling at some point; the congregation itself became the draw.

  • The Kennedys | Article

    The Kennedys and Civil Rights

    John Kennedy was elected president in 1960 partly because of his promise to secure equal rights for Black Americans.

  • Film

    Freedom Summer

    A historic effort in the summer of 1964 to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.

  • Eyes on the Prize | Image Gallery

    Gallery: Civil Rights Movement

    View a gallery of photos taken during the civil rights movement.

  • Freedom Riders | Article

    Meet the Players: Other Figures

    Meet some of the key figures of Freedom Riders.

  • Film

    1964

    America came apart in 1964 and has since been reborn.

  • Film

    LBJ

    LBJ exploited his mastery of the legislative process to shepherd a collection of progressive programs through Congress with astounding success, but his visions of a Great Society were swallowed up in the quagmire of Vietnam.

  • Roads to Memphis | Timeline

    King's Assassination: A Timeline

    The murder, the manhunt, and the decades-long investigation — a timeline of events related to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.

  • Film

    JFK

    Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin's bullet, Kennedy's presidency long defied objective appraisal. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.