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The Protests

July 11, 1960, Protest
Photograph by R.L. Oliver / Los Angeles Times

Photographer R.L. Oliver wrote: “The Rev. Maurice A. Dawkins, minister of the People's Independent Church of Christ, started at midnight Sunday in a 24-hour vigil of prayer and fasting, advocating a liberal civil rights platform. In the rear are Freedom Marchers.”

Interestingly enough, the photo evidently appeared in the earlier editions of The Times but wasn't published in the final, microfilmed version.

On July 10, 1960, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led a civil rights demonstration called the March on the Convention Movement for Freedom Now.  Activists marched from Shrine Auditorium to the Sports Arena and back to the auditorium, where Democratic officials addressed them.

Many of the speakers were booed by the crowd despite pleas from Clarence Mitchell, an official of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People: "This is not the NAACP way. We do not boo our invited guests."

July 11, 1960, Protest

July 11, 1960, Protest

July 11, 1960, Protest

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