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Improving the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

March 30, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A new LCCREF report, "Restoring the Conscience of a Nation," examines the history of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and provides recommendations for improving the commission. 

The commission was created with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 as an independent fact-finding body charged with investigating and reporting on civil rights and making recommendations to the federal government on how to fix the problems it uncovers.

In this video, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of LCCR; John Payton, director-counsel of the NAACP LDF; Catherine Powell, professor of law at Fordham University; and Julie Fernandes, principal at the Raben Group, talk about the role the commission has played in advancing civil rights over the last 50 years and explain why they've decided to provide Congress with recommendations for improving the commission. 

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