Civil Rights in the James H. Laue Papers

James H. Laue was born in River Falls, Wisconsin, in 1937. In 1959, Laue was admitted to the Harvard graduate program in sociology where he studied race relations and the sociology of religion. During his graduate studies, Laue became involved in the Civil Rights movement, attending lunch counter sit-ins, church Continue Reading

In Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr

This photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. was taken in January of 1964 when he spoke to reporters outside of the White House.  Later that year King would return to the White House to witness the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This photograph is part of the Continue Reading

The Second Phase of Civil Rights: Photographs of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign

In December of 1967, when nearly 15 percent of all Americans and 40 percent of African Americans lived below the poverty line, Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) began organizing a national campaign against poverty. The Poor People’s Campaign was to inaugurate a new phase of Continue Reading