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The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

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The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Civil Rights History

Historical events, political acts and policy decisions provide the context for the contemporary civil rights debate.  

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Remembering the Legacy of LGBT Leader Frank Kameny

October 12, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Franklin E. Kameny, one of the nation’s most prominent gay rights leaders, died in his sleep yesterday, on National Coming Out Day. He was 86.

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Remembering the Legacy of Civil Rights Icon Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth

October 6, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, one of our nation's most revered civil rights heroes, died this week at 89 in Birmingham, Ala. Shuttlesworth was a leading activist in the fight against segregation and racism in the South during the Jim Crow era. Together with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, Shuttlesworth also helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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Today’s Civil and Human Rights Leaders Reflect on the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

August 23, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

In honor of the opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial this week on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., AARP, as part of its “My Generation” series, has produced a short video about the life and legacy of Dr. King’s work and his message of hope and peace for all humanity.

The video features  interviews with former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin L. Powell (Ret), acclaimed journalist Colman McCarthy, Freedom Rider Reverend Perry A. Smith, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Karen Narasaki of the Asian American Justice Center, Dolores Huerta of the United Farm Workers and Zainab Al-Suwaij of the American Islamic Congress.

[CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER: Join us on Sat. Aug. 27 to Rally and March for Jobs, Justice, and the American Dream in Washington, D.C. ]

[CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER: The official dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial will take place this Sunday, August 28.]

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Special Screening Announced of 'The Barber of Birmingham'

June 17, 2011 - Posted by Jeff Miller

The Leadership Conference Education Fund is co-hosting a special screening for the civil and human rights community of the award-winning documentary, “The Barber of Birmingham,” at 9 a.m. Friday, June 24, in the Mary Pickford Theater at The Library of Congress. The one-hour program is being hosted by Congressman Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi.

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GW University to Host William Taylor Papers

April 28, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

George Washington University has announced that civil rights champion William L. Taylor’s collection of legal papers, speeches, and historical documents will be housed at its Graduate School of Education and Human Development Gelman Library.  Taylor died in June 2010.

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VA Honors Civil Rights Legend Dorothy Height

March 24, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell issued a proclamation to commemorate today as “Dorothy Irene Height Day” to commemorate the life and legacy of the late civil rights icon on what would have been her 99th birthday.

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Wade Henderson Participates in Conversation on Modern Day Slavery

February 10, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, spoke Tuesday at the State Department with Luis CdeBaca, ambassador-at-large to monitor and combat trafficking in persons, on ways of combating human trafficking and modern day slavery. The discussion was part of an ongoing video program by the Bureau of Public Affairs entitled "Conversations with America,” which aims to provide insight into how the leaders of national nongovernmental organizations engage with senior State Department officials around foreign policy and global issues.

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Wade Henderson among Advocates Appearing in Characters Unite Civil Rights Documentary

December 16, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, appears in a USA Network/NBC Characters Unite special, "Tom Brokaw Presents Bridging the Divide," as one of several civil and human rights advocates commenting on the "state of the civil rights movement in our changing nation."

The special aired on Friday, December 10.  Check out the video on the Characters Unite website or click "Read More" to view the video.

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Civil Rights Book Club: Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House

November 19, 2010 - Posted by Jeff Miller

Barack Obama was an Illinois state senator running for the U.S. Senate when he was tapped by Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign to deliver the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Although Obama had never before used a teleprompter, his 17-minute speech helped set the stage for one of the most dramatic ascents in U.S. political history. Overnight, Obama went from being an unknown state lawmaker with a funny name to a rising superstar in the Democratic Party.

That address and 17 others provide the framework for "Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House," by Mary Frances Berry, an acclaimed historian and former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and Josh Gottheimer, a former presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton. The 18 speeches, reproduced in full, cover a six-year period beginning with Obama's 2002 rationale for opposing the war in Iraq to his 2008 presidential victory speech in Hyde Park.

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Diverse ‘One Nation’ March Highlights Need for Bold Solutions, Voter Turnout in November

October 4, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Nearly 200,000 people from across America came together Saturday to rally for "jobs, justice, and education" at the "One Nation Working Together" march on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The march was designed to spur elected officials to enact a bold agenda to move our country forward, and to urge voters to take part in the mid-term elections on November 2.

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Civil Rights 101

Civil Rights 101 addresses the history of many civil rights issues that we face today.

Voices of Civil Rights

The exhibition Voices of Civil Rights documents events during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. This exhibition draws from the thousands of personal stories, oral histories, and photographs collected by the "Voices of Civil Rights" project, a collaborative effort of AARP, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the Library of Congress, and marks the arrival of these materials in the Library's collection

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Civil Rights Book Club

 Each month, we will feature five books representing the diversity of the contemporary social justice landscape.

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