“Civil Rights in a Northern City:” Temple University Debuts New Online Archive

Temple University has made a vast archive of civil rights materials available online. The archives document the civil rights struggle in the city of Philadelphia. The collection includes more than 1,500 photographs, film clips, documents, memos, newspaper articles, and other items. Many of the items in the archive deal with the battle to desegregate Girard College, a boarding school for low-income White children, and the Columbia Avenue riots that took place in 1964.

Included in the online archives are newsreel clips of Martin Luther King Jr. that previously had not been available to the public.

The online repository, entitled “Civil Rights in a Northern City,” can be accessed here.



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  1. Invaluable presentation. Many have forgotten, many are unaware of the events that took place during “The Decade of American Evolution”.

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