“By the early 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement had reached California and the San Francisco Bay Area. Led by students from the University of California, Berkeley’s chapter of CORE (Congress On Racial Equality) and local black organizations in San Francisco and Oakland, the Ad Hoc Committee To End Racial Discrimination was formed. In the early 1960s, the Ad Hoc Committee carried out a series of protests throughout the Bay Area demanding an end to racism in hiring.” Museum of California exhibit.
Demonstrations occurred to end racial discrimination in hiring and against police brutality in the San Francisco area during those years as well. There were sit-in demonstrations with hundreds of arrests directed against local hotel chains that practiced racial discrimination in hiring. Restaurant chains such as Mel’s Drive-Ins were also targeted. These demonstrations are documented in Harvey Richards’ still photos and motion pictures. He made Freedom March (1963) and Decision in the Streets (1965) about the Bay Area civil rights protest events. The photos that appear in this gallery were taken during the making of these films. Buy or license these images.