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Resources for National History Day: St. Augustine Civil Rights Protests

This guide was designed to assist middle school students discover resources for their history day projects.

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St. Augustine in 1964 became known as Florida's Birmingham.   As a vote on the Civil Rights Act loomed in Congress, protests against segregation amplified in St. Augustine, diverting attention from the city's upcoming 400th anniversary celebration of its founding.  Instead television viewers saw violent confrontations between protesters and white supremecists, video of black bathers being accosted on the beach or arrested for swimming in segregated pools.   Demonstrations eventually drew in participation from national leaders such as Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr., Andrew Young, and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy.  

Documentary on Civil Rights Protests in St. Augustine

From the ACCORD Freedom Trail Website: http://www.accordfreedomtrail.org

The team of Andrew Young Presents has completed taping and editing of Part I & II of the Documentary Film, "Crossing St. Augustine". Part One of the documentary begins with the story of Rev. Young, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and Mayor of Atlanta, GA. who in 1964, was sent to St. Augustine by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and ends with him being brutally beaten while police stood by and watched. 

Part II picks back up with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s decision to wage a modern-day Battle of Jericho in St. Augustine.

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