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Wordless Wednesday Comes Early: Their Fight, Our Freedoms

November 4th, 2008 by Ajuan Mance

In 1962, James Meredith became the first African American to enroll at the University of Mississippi. In 1966, he was shot during a voting rights march from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi. Meredith would survive his injuries and go on to complete the march.

(Source: The University of San Diego History Server)


1965: James Baldwin, Joan Baez, and James Forman on the march for voting rights in Alabama.

(Source: HungryBlues blog)


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Posted by Ajuan Mance

Posted in African Americans, Black History, Uncategorized, Voting Rights

13 Responses

  1. DNLee

    my younger sister stood in line for nearly 1.5 hrs in Memphis to early vote. A young Black guy tried to exit the line when an older Black man (a senior citizen she told me) went OFF on him. Told him to get his young Black A** back in line and vote. Too many people died for us to vote today. He was close to the front and only had a little more to got. She said the rest of the crowd cheered on and co-signed. The young man remained and voted.

    That’s good old-fashioned leadership. I love it and miss it.

  2. D-Lo

    makes my heart stop…

  3. SjP

    “get his young Black A** back in line and vote”. I heard that! Would have done the same thing. We been waiting 400 years for this moment and anyone who can’t wait a few hours needs his a$$ whooped!

  4. jams O'Donnell

    I don’t have a vote in the US election. If I had I would have voted for Obama without hesitation. I hope when I get up tomorrow morning I will have the news that hitory has been made.

    Kudos to the senior citizen!

  5. jams O'Donnell

    err I meant history!

  6. Clnmike

    I feel you.

  7. Sreisaat

    Just heard the news over CNN – Barack Obama elected US President! Congratulations – a new era is dawning in America 🙂

  8. DeeljeaDesigns

    Powerful Images.

  9. Ajuan Mance

    Thanks to you all for stopping in and commenting. These are the images that make me proud to be the inheritor of such a legacy of social justice activism.

    I love the anecdote about the older Black man school the young brother who tried to leave the polls without voting. Only when the importance of history is transmitted from the older generation to the new will all people understand what is truly at stake in democratic participation.

  10. Stephen Bess

    We need to get back to that grassroot approach. Love the photos.

  11. Shelia

    Those photos really put everything in perspective don’t they. Less we never forget.

  12. Keith

    Hey Ajuan.
    It’s almost a week later, and I think I’m just now starting to come down. It would take longer, but all these wolves at the door are starting to crash this party real fast.
    Great, great historic photos. Especially like the one with James Baldwin.

  13. sHaE-sHaE

    And these are just two examples of why we need to keep it going. We can’t just have a massive turnout one time. We need to repeat the process year after year and let our voices be heard.