Illustration of two hands shaking on a white background
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The image of a black or grey hand shaking a white hand was a common symbol in the Civil Rights Movement. The hand shake is a symbol of peace and solidarity. The interracial handshake signifies interracial cooperation and equality. SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) produced a similar button with their name on the bottom in the 1960s when they were an interracial group of college students working for Civil Rights for African Americans. This image was also used on buttons advertising the March on Washington in 1963, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech.