Aerial view of "Black Monday" gathering at Civic Center Plaza in Chicago, IL, 1969. Participants are gathered in a circle around the Picasso statue, with the Cook County and U.S. flags hanging above them.
State Troopers at Wilmington High School, Wilmington, Delaware: Helmeted state troopers stand ready to move into Wilmington High School with shotguns September 22nd shortly before noon. Police arrested at least fifteen students during a disturbance in the morning, after which over one hundred city, county, and state law enforcers were called to the scene. School was dismissed for the day shortly after 12:00pm.
Oklahoma City: The Rev. Ralph Abernathy led a march of over four hundred people through the streets of Oklahoma City September 22, 1969 in support of striking sanitation workers. Abernathy described as a myth that it was an "open minded city," despite hundreds of spectators.
New York: Harlem Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm of Brooklyn give the clenched fist Black Power salute during a parade in Harlem September 21, 1969. It was the first Afro-American parade in a city known for ethnic demonstrations.