David Eulitt
The placard Irene Marcus wore over the shoulders of her cloth coat offered little protection from the biting wind as she circled the sidewalk in front of Kline's department store in downtown Kansas City. Other picketers marched outside the plate glass windows of Macy's, Jones Store, Peck's and Emery, Bird,  Thayer.
The Civil Rights Act turns 50, photo by David Eulitt / The Kansas City Star ©


The placard Irene Marcus wore over the shoulders of her cloth coat offered little protection from the biting wind as she circled the sidewalk in front of Kline's department store in downtown Kansas City. Other picketers marched outside the plate glass windows of Macy's, Jones Store, Peck's and Emery, Bird, Thayer.

"It was so cold, but we walked anyway. One day it was only 17 degrees, " Marcus, 94, recalls.

It was mid-December 1958, and a group called the Community Committee for Social Action was striking back after the stores had refused to negotiate privately to end discrimination against black customers, who weren't allowed to try on clothes or hats or eat in the stores' restaurants.

David Eulitt

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David Eulitt is a Kansas City-based photojournalist specializing in editorial, sports and wedding photography.

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