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Civil Rights History

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

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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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Delegate Norton Proposes Naming Major D.C. Post Office for Civil Rights Icon Dorothy Height

September 13, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Wade Henderson and others outside the post office at 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D. D.C., plans to introduce a bill in the House of Representatives this week that would name the U.S. post office at 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, next to Union Station, in honor of civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy I. Height, who passed away in April.

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Remembering the Legacy of Activist and Scholar Dr. Ronald Walters

September 13, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Professor Ronald W. Walters, a life-long civil rights advocate, renowned scholar, and political adviser, died of cancer on Friday. He was 72.

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Remembering Civil Rights Icon Jefferson Thomas

September 8, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Jefferson A. Thomas, a civil rights icon who helped open the way for school desegregation, died Sunday, September 5, of pancreatic cancer.

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Faith Leaders Celebrate MLK's Legacy and Make Renewed Call to Action for Civil and Human Rights

August 26, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty

On Saturday, August 28, faith leaders and civil and human rights advocates will gather at Shiloh Baptist Church to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and commit themselves to renewed activism for social justice.

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Mexican-American Leader Mario Obledo Dies at 78

August 20, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Mario Obledo, co-founder of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and president of the National Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, has died. He was 78 years old.

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Remembering the Legacy of Civil Rights Legend William L. Taylor

June 29, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Bill TaylorWilliam L. Taylor, legendary civil rights attorney and education advocate, died on June 28 of complications resulting from a recent fall.

Taylor was known for his tireless efforts to create a public education system that truly meets the needs of the nation's marginalized children. He successfully litigated a number of major public school desegregation cases in the wake of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

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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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