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Civil rights protests at 1960 Democratic Convention

Civil rights protests at 1960 Democratic Convention

July 11, 1960: The Rev. Maurice A. Dawkins engages in a 24-hour period of prayer and fasting outside the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena during the Democratic National Convention. Dawkins and protesters were advocating a civil rights platform.

This photo by staff photographer Dick Oliver was published in the July 12, 1960, Los Angeles Times.

On July 10, 1960, about 5,000 civil rights supporters, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., marched from the Shrine Auditorium to the Sports Arena, then back to the Shrine for a rally. Sen. John F. Kennedy was one of the speakers at the rally.

Following the July 10 march, civil rights protesters kept a daily vigil outside the Sports Arena during the convention.

A civil rights platform was added to the Democratic National Convention platform, despite opposition from Southern state delegations.

For more, check out this commentary published in the Aug. 13, 2000, Los Angeles Times:  “The Protesters of 1960 Helped Change the World.” Written by Maurice Isserman, a professor of history at Hamilton College in New York, the column was published right before the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.

July 10, 1960: Placard-waving demonstrators, supporting a civil rights plank at the Democratic National Convention, march around the Shrine Auditorium. This photo was published in the July 11, 1960 Los Angeles Times. Credit: Joe Kennedy/Los Angeles Times.

July 10, 1960: Sen. John F. Kennedy, sitting with Milwaukee Councilwoman Velvalea Rodgers “Vel” Phillips, at civil rights rally at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Sen. Kennedy is asking Times photographer, “No pictures, please.” This photo was published in the July 11, 1960, L.A. Times. Credit: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1960: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., left, and the Rev. Maurice A. Dawkins, minister of the People’s Independent Church of Christ, pose for Times photographer. King was in Los Angeles for a civil rights rally and the Democratic National Convention. Credit: Los Angeles Times.

Additional convention photos are in this previous From the Archives blog post:  1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.

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