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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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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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Documentary Explores Life of Legendary Civil Rights Lawyer William Kunstler

June 18, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The PBS series "POV" will air "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe" next week, a film that reviews Kunstler's life and work from the perspective of his daughters, Emily and Sarah.

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Phyllis McClure 1938 – 2010

May 20, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Phyllis McClure, a dedicated civil rights activist and staunch advocate for fulfilling the promise of Brown v. Board of Education, died on May 17 at her home in Washington. She was 72.

The following remembrance is from Ted Shaw, former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where McClure worked for many years.

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Civil Rights Icon Dr. Dorothy I. Height Laid to Rest Today

April 29, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Funeral services for civil rights icon and Leadership Conference Chair Dr. Dorothy I. Height begin today at 10am. 

The Celebration of Life Services for Dr. Height will be held at the National Cathedral in Northwest Washington, D.C.  President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver the eulogy.  The services are open to the public and can be viewed online at C-SPAN.

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

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