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African American Album 2 - Events Timeline

1967 - Demolition of First Ward Begins

1967 - The Charlotte Redevelopment Authority begins the demolition of First Ward. Some residents move to traditionally black neighborhoods. Others move into Earle Village Homes, a new public housing facility built on the land that was cleared. Photo shows North McDowell Street in First Ward before demolition. 

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1966 - Martin Luther King at Johnson C. Smith University

1966 - King brings the civil rights movement to the North and opposes the War in Vietnam. This is a time of change for the civil rights movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., takes the movement north and encounters resistance. In Chicago on August 5, 1966, protesters throw stones at him.

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September 21, 1966

1965 - Fred Alexander is elected to the Charlotte City Council

May 4, 1965 - Fred Alexander is elected to the Charlotte City Council. Photo shows Alexander being sworn in on the 10th.

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May 1965

1965 - Christmas with Anita Stroud

December 1965 - Christmas with Anita Stroud.

  • Abandoned and unloved as a child, Charlotte resident Anita Stroud spends her life caring for the children of Fairview Homes, the housing project where she lives.
  • Miss Anita picking Christmas presents for “her children.”
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December, 1965

1965 - Bombing of Civil Rights Leaders' Homes

November 22, 1965 - The homes of four local civil rights leaders are bombed in Charlotte.

  • Bombs shatter the homes of Julius Chambers, Kelly Alexander, Fred Alexander, and Reginald Hawkins.
  • The attack is only one of several attorney Julius Chambers and his family would survive.
  • One bomb explodes in the bedroom of Alexander's eight-year-old son. Miraculously, no one is physically injured in the blasts.
  • No one is charged in the bombings.
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November 22, 1965

1965 - Friendship Baptist Church Is Demolished

April 18, 1965 - Friendship Baptist Church in Second Ward is demolished.

  • After holding church services in the Northwest Junior High auditorium for seven years, the congregation finally raises enough money to rebuild the church on Beatties Ford Rd. 
  • Of the 12 churches in Brooklyn, only one survives urban renewal. 
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April 18, 1975

1965 - Dynamite Destroys Julius Chambers' Car

January 24, 1965 - Dynamite destroys the car of Julius Chambers, a black NAACP lawyer, while he speaks at a civil rights rally at a church in New Bern. Three Ku Klux Klansmen are arrested and receive suspended sentences.

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1965 - Swann Case Is Opened

January 19, 1965 - The Swann Case is opened.

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January 19, 1965

1964 - Hawkins protests at the YMCA

May 13, 1964 - Charlotte minister and dentist Reginald Hawkins starts a protest at the YMCA, which excludes blacks from its membership. After protests and lawsuits, the YMCA board changes its policy.

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May 13, 1964

1963 - Separate Campuses for UNC Charlotte and Carver College

1963 - Separate campuses are built for UNC Charlotte and Carver College.

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