Group Prayer at a Civil Rights Demonstration
Original Author: Richmond Times-Dispatch
Created: January 2, 1959
Medium: Photograph
Publisher: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Group Prayer at a Civil Rights Demonstration

Virginia civil rights activist Sarah-Patton Boyle (middle) joins Reverend Robert Taylor (left) and Reverend Wyatt Tee Walker (right) in prayer at a civil rights demonstration at the Virginia Capitol. Boyle began to attract attention as a white civil rights activist in 1955 when the Saturday Evening Post published one of her articles and changed her original title from "We Are Readier Than We Think" to the more incendiary "Southerners Will Like Integration." The purpose of the article had been to reassure other white southerners that segregation could be ended without animosity; yet the title, along with a photograph of Boyle standing next to two black male medical students, raised the specter of interracial sex in the minds of many white readers, and Boyle was soon deluged with hate mail and threatening phone calls.