A Picture of Civil Rights History – March on Washington 1963

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Taking a stand for Civil Rights in the 1960s could ruin careers. These three stood up anyway.

Civil Rights March 1963 (Wikipedia)

Civil Rights March 1963*

I hope to always stand up for what is right as well, and do it all in the grace of God.

Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, Lord our God, for we rely on you … .” (2 Chronicles 14:11.)


*Bonus points for those who can identify the three people in that photo. Extra bonus points for describing some of the other actions each of them took in working for civil rights.

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4 Responses to A Picture of Civil Rights History – March on Washington 1963

  1. Mr To Sir With Love (My Favorite Movie) Syndney Poitnier (sp) broke the color barrier for black males being the lead actor. Great biography by the way, one of my favorite actors. Harry Belafonte impacted the music arena. Mr Charleton Heston or should I say Ben Hur, a movie many still consider one of the greatest movies depicting the change that comes through the gospel.

    So how did I do, not bad for a boy raised by parents who protested n marched against forced bussing. Being raised in the south I saw all of it first hand. Sadly, from the other perspective, where my parents thought George Wallace was close to God. Thank you Lord for rescuing me with your grace.

    • Tim says:

      You get full marks, Pat.

      Harry Belafonte was the most active of the three, and the one who suffered the most in his career for it. He was never blacklisted, but he also found that there were some producers (music, TV and movie) who were reluctant to take him on because of his activity.

  2. Jeannie says:

    I recognized Sidney Poitier and Charlton Heston but had to read PB’s comment to recognize Belafonte. What an awesome photo that is with Lincoln’s statue in the background!!

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