Lest you think Dorothy Dandridge was just a pretty face… in this May 1963 photo, Ms. Dandridge is addressing a crowd gathered to hear the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak during his first visit to Los Angeles. The crowd of more than 35,000 jammed into Wrigley Field in Los Angeles (NOT Chicago’s famous Wrigley Field!) for a freedom rally. Photo by Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images.
Woman riding a float in the annual Bud Billiken Day Parade in Chicago, Illinois (August 1973). The Bud Billiken Day Parade and Picnic is the oldest and largest African American parade in the U.S. Founded in 1929 by Chicago Defender editor Robert Sengstacke, the parade’s original purpose was to give underprivileged youth a day in the limelight. The event is held every August on Chicago’s South Side.
This photograph was taken by John H. White, as part of the EPA’s Documerica project.
As he walks through O'Hare Airport in Chicago, American civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson holds a copy of the Daily Defender newspaper, which features the headline ‘King Murdered!’ April 5, 1968. The headline refers to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on the evening of April 4, 1968.