Meeting of Civil Rights leaders at the N.A.A.C.P. headquarters in New York, July 30, 1964.
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Black and white photograph of civil rights leaders in suits seated around a conference table with papers in front of them.

Credit: Image donated by Corbis-Bettmann

One of Martin Luther King's closest advisors was Bayard Rustin from West Chester, Pennsylvania. After assisting King during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, Rustin became one of King's closest advisers, and in 1963 organized the March on Washington. At this 1964 meeting, major Civil Rights leaders agreed to ask members of civil rights organizations to suspend all mass demonstrations until after the November 3rd Presidential elections. Pictured at the table, from left to right, are Bayard Rustin; NAACP Legal Fund Director Jack Greenberg, National Urban League Director Whitney Young, Jr., CORE Director James Farmer, NAACP Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins, Martin Luther King; SNCC Director John Lewis, and National Negro Labor Council Chairman A. Philip Randolph.

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