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The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, 1964

Photo by Marion S. Trikosko. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

This image shows the only time Martin Luther King and Malcolm X ever met, and was taken before a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on 26 March 1964. For years, the two had represented opposite sides of the struggle: King was a leader of the southern Civil Rights Movement, while Malcolm X was recognized as a voice for urban African Americans; however, by 1964 they were moving closer. Tragically, Malcolm X was assassinated by members of the Nation of Islam at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem on 21 February 1965. King was assassinated three years later by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee on 4 April 1968.

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