Philadelphia NAACP President Cecil B. Moore speaking at a rally protesting Girard College’s segregationist admissions policy, Philadelphia

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John W. Mosley Photograph Collection, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., the first black Congressman from New York to serve in the US House of Representatives, was elected in 1945 and served until 1971. Here Mosley captures Powell’s innate flair and dynamic stance as he speaks at the microphone, his fist raised, during an NAACP civil rights rally in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on August 23, 1964. This was “Freedom Summer,” in which thousands of students from the North traveled to Mississippi to register black voters.


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