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  • Award-winning photojournalist Robert Sengstacke was a member of the preeminent Chicago publishing family that founded the Chicago Defender. It was one of the nation’s most widely read Black-owned newspapers. His works also appeared in Life Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He documented life in Chicago, civil rights era leaders and events, as well as prominent musicians and athletes. In 2015, Sengstacke retired. He died in 2017 at the age of 73.<br><br>Robert Sengstacke adjusts the camera during work on a film set in Nashville, in 1972.
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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. is greeted by an unidentified friend and supporter, outside the home where he spent the night in Montgomery, Alabama, prior to the final day of the Selma to Montgomery march, in March, 1965.
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  • An MP leans on his rifle as he stands on a street corner, while men and women sit on porches and stand on the sidewalk during the Selma to Montgomery march held in support of voter rights.
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  • Demonstrators carry American flags on the Selma to Montgomery march held in support of voter rights, in Alabama, late March, 1965.
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  • Nation of Islam attendees take part in the Saviour's Day celebrations, Chicago, in the mid-1960s.
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  • A drummer from the Roosevelt marching band participates in the Bud Billiken Day Parade, in Chicago, in the mid- to late-1960s. Bud Billiken was the mascot for a youth social club started by Stengstacke's granduncle Robert Stengstacke Abbott in 1923. A parade to honor the community began in 1929.
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  • Crowds line up along the street to watch the Bud Billiken Day parade, Chicago, in the mid- to late-1960s.
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  • A group of young boys climb the chain-link backstop for a baseball field's batting cage, in Chicago in 1966.
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  • Churchgoers dance and sing during a religious service at the Christ Temple Apostolic Church, a storefront church in Chicago, in 1967.
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  • A group of men eat lunch at the counter of Sure's Pharmacy, in Chicago, 1965.
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  • At Shepherd's Studio, a young girl examines photographs by Billy Abernathy during his Live Flicks of the Hip World exhibition, in Chicago, 1967.
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  • Children build a snowman in a Chicago playground, in the mid- to late- 1960s.
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  • A pushcart vendor works along South Indiana street in Bronzeville, a South Side neighborhood of Chicago, in 1971. He is accompanied by a dog and a young boy during his rounds.
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  • Fraternity pledges for Omega Psi Phi practice their stepping routine in the Fisk University gymnasium, in Nashville, 1969.
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  • Bill Russell, center, of the visiting Boston Celtics, maneuvers past an unidentified Chicago Bulls player, for a left-handed shot, in Chicago, in 1967.
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  • During a performance by Phil Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble at the Cabrini-Green Homes, a young girl sits, perched on a shoulder in the audience, in Chicago, late 1960s.
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  • At a South Side pool hall on 35th Street and Jiles Avenue, a man lines up a shot and takes careful measure of the table, in Chicago, 1966.
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  • A protester looks at a line of soldiers next to Grant Park during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, August, 1968. The protest against the Vietnam War took place outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Mayor Richard Daley broke up the peaceful demonstration with thousands of riot police turning it into a violent confrontation. Over 500 protesters were arrested, and many police officers, protesters and members of the press were injured.
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  • As he walks through O'Hare Airport, Jesse Jackson holds a copy of the Chicago Daily Defender newspaper, which features the headline "King Murdered!," in Chicago, April 5, 1968.
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  • Curator Douglas Williams looks over some of the works to be included in the Black Aesthetic Festival (later renamed Black Creativity) held at the Museum of Science &amp; Industry, in Chicago, early 1970s.
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  • Boxer Muhammad Ali stops to sign autographs for fans while walking the streets of midtown Manhattan, New York, 1967. Ali attended a press conference at the Americana hotel, to promote his upcoming bout against boxer Ernie Terrell.
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  • Two men play cards, as seen through a window at a South Side bar near 47th Street and Michigan Avenue, in Chicago, early 2000s.
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