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Associated Press Marching Orders

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09718.06 Author/Creator: Associated Press Place Written: Chicago, Illinois Type: Photograph Date: 15 September 1966 Pagination: 1 photograph : b&w ; 17.9 x 22.9 cm.

Summary of Content: One black and white photograph entitled, "Marching Orders" taken by Associated Press dated September 15, 1966. Image is of a crowd of protesters in Chicago. A man in the center of the photograph has his back to viewer and faces the crowd. A man to his left is shouting. Police officers stand on a bridge in the background. On the reverse side is a typed note that details the man in the center is Robert Lucas, head of Chicago's chapter of Congress of Racial Equity. It states that he was 42 years old and a mail handler at the Chicago Post Office. He took over demonstrations after Martin Luther King Jr. had reached an open housing agreement with the city.

People: King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Lucas, Robert, 1925-2012
Congress of Racial Equality, 1942-

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: African American HistoryCivil Rights MovementProtests

Sub Era: The Civil Rights Movement

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