The summer of 1963 saw murders, bombs, beatings, jailing and threats to those who sought an equal society. It also witnessed the collective public rise up through open demonstrations and other joint public actions that sought to expose and end racial discrimination and segregation. Here is a look back at some of the most pivotal civil rights events of the year.
Feb. 22, 1963 These four students at Morgan State College were among about 15 African Americans attending the Northwood Theater in Baltimore for the first time. Flashing a “V” for their integration victory are, from left, Sandra Upshur, 18; John Cole, 21; Carolyn Dotson, 19, and Wesley Hairston, 18. William A. Smith/AP Buy Photo