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A mostly empty Baton Rouge city bus pulls up to an empty bus stop at the start of the June 20, 1953, bus boycott.

A mostly empty Baton Rouge city bus pulls up to an empty bus stop at the start of the June 20, 1953, bus boycott.
Credit: Courtesy Ernest Richie Collection


Gov. George Wallace blocks the doorway to Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, June 11, 1963.

Gov. George Wallace blocks the doorway to Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, June 11, 1963.
Credit: The University of Alabama



The 40th anniversary of the March on Washington is the latest civil rights event being commemorated this year. Explore NPR coverage of other anniversaries and stories that recalled the civil rights era:

more July 1, 2003: Dr. Dorothy Height reflects on the civil rights era in her new book, 'Open Wide the Freedom Gates.'

moreJune 26, 2003: Sen. Strom Thurmond, a former segregationist, dies at 100.

moreJune 19, 2003: The 50th anniversary of the first civil rights bus boycott.

moreJune 11, 2003: Marking the 40th anniversary of Alabama Gov. George Wallace's stance at the schoolhouse door.

moreJune 10, 2003: The 40th anniversary of the death of Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

moreApril 4, 2003: A Tavis Smiley Show interview with Andrew Young and Ossie Davis about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 35th anniversary of his death.

moreSept. 29, 2002: The 40th anniversary of the desegregation of Ole Miss.

moreApril 15, 2002: Marking the 50th anniversary of the publication of Ralph Ellison's ground-breaking novel 'Invisible Man.'

moreMay 1, 2001: A look back at the Mississippi's Sovereignty Commission, which spied on the state's citizens for more than three decades.

moreMarch 24, 2000: The 35th anniversary of the Selma march

moreSept. 25, 1997: President Clinton marks the 40th anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School.

moreMarch 26, 1989: The 50th anniversary of Marian Anderson's concert at the Lincoln Memorial.


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