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1963 was a turbulent year. History-making events occurred that would radically and permanently affect the country as a whole, and African-Americans in particular …

  • On April 12, America watched with horror and outrage as Birmingham Police Chief Eugene “Bull” Connor and his officers used water hoses and police dogs against peaceful civil rights demonstrators.
  • On June 12th, Medgar Evers, NAACP field secretary and civil rights leader, was assassinated at his home in Jackson, Mississippi by a segregationist.
  • On August 28th, 250,000 people participated in the historic “March on Washington” and heard Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his historic “I Have a Dream” speech

… Three weeks later and less than 50 miles away, in Baltimore, Maryland, another group of men would make a different kind of history.

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