President Kennedy with the leaders of the civil rights movement

In the oval room of the white house, U.S. President John Kennedy receives on Aug. 29, 1963 the leaders of the civil rights groups represented: (from left to right) Secretary of Labor Willard Wirtz, leader of CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) Floyd McKissick, Executive Director of the National Catholic Conference Matthew Arnan, Whitney Young (Urban League), Rev. Martin Luther King, John Lewis (Chairman SNIC), Rabbi Joachim Prinz (American Jewish Congress), Director Eugene Carson Blake (vice chair comm. Race Relations), Philip Randolph.
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In the oval room of the white house, U.S. President John Kennedy receives on Aug. 29, 1963 the leaders of the civil rights groups represented: (from left to right) Secretary of Labor Willard Wirtz, leader of CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) Floyd McKissick, Executive Director of the National Catholic Conference Matthew Arnan, Whitney Young (Urban League), Rev. Martin Luther King, John Lewis (Chairman SNIC), Rabbi Joachim Prinz (American Jewish Congress), Director Eugene Carson Blake (vice chair comm. Race Relations), Philip Randolph.

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