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Only in Print: Brooklyn Couple Recalls the Fight for Civil Rights in the ’60s

Ted and Marguerita Fletcher taken in the 1960s, when they were a young married couple fighting for civil rights. (Photo: Courtesy of Ted and Marguerita Fletcher)

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — The turmoil on the streets in cities across the U.S. in reaction to the killing of George Floyd, an African-American man, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis is reminding many older Americans of the unrest that took place at the height of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.

The struggle for racial justice and equality during the days of the Voting Rights Act, the March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X, also played out across Brooklyn.

Msgr. Paul Jervis, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi-St. Blaise Church, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, who has studied the Civil Rights era, said the Catholic Church did not stand at the forefront as other Christian denominations did, but members of the clergy and religion made their voices heard…


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