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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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NAACP Turns 100 Today

February 12, 2009 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Four NAACP leaders holding a poster again racial bias in Missisippi

In this 1956 photo, four leaders of the NAACP are holding a poster against racial bias in Mississippi - (from left to right) Henry L. Moon, Roy Wilkins, Herbert Hill, and Thurgood Marshall

Today is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP.

At the time of the NAACP's formation, lynching of Black people in the United States was common and a number of race riots where White people attacked Black people and burned their homes had broken out around the country.   A race riot in Springfield, Ill., in the summer of 1908, that resulted in the death of seven people highlighted the growing need for a civil rights organization. 

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White Shirt Day: Celebrate Union Workers' Struggle for Fair Treatment

February 10, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

UAW workers guarding a window entrance of the GM plant during the 1937 Flint Sit-Down Strike

UAW workers guarding a window entrance of the GM plant during the 1937 Flint Sit-Down Strike.

Tomorrow, February 11, is White Shirt Day, a day to honor workers who participated in a 1937 strike that led to the unionization of the entire U.S. auto industry.

In 1948, Bert Christenson, a member of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, started the tradition of wearing white shirts every February 11 as a way to commemorate the end of the Flint Sit-Down Strike. White shirts are worn to show that "blue-collar" workers deserve the same respect and recognition as their "white-collar," management counterparts.

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Today in Civil Rights History: The Family and Medical Leave Act Expands Workers Rights

February 5, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Today is the 16th anniversary of the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA).

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Today in Civil Rights History: Ordinary Lunch Counter Made History at Greensboro Sit-In

February 2, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Two young people in front of a museum display of a section of 50's-style lunch counter with four seats.

LCCR/EF interns Marcus-Alexander Neil and Katie Kohn in front of the Greensboro Woolworth's lunch counter at the National Museum of American History.

On February 1, 1960, four African American students made history when they sat down at a "whites-only" lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C.

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Today in Civil Rights History: The 24th Amendment Prohibits Poll Taxes

January 23, 2009 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Forty-five years ago today, the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by the states.  The amendment forbids Congress and states from requiring poll taxes in order to vote in federal elections.

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Wade Henderson and Shiloh Baptist Church Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Wade Henderson, speaking at a puplpit

Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, speaking in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

On Saturday morning, several hundred parishioners and guests gathered at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., for bacon, eggs, and celebration.  

The prayer breakfast, organized by the Brotherhood of Shiloh Men, is an annual event held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, the cause for celebration was extended to the imminent inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King's Economic Justice Vision

January 18, 2009 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking at the March on Washington in 1963

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking at 1963 March on Washington.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was as committed to economic justice as he was to ending segregation. 

And yet, Dr. King's speeches on economic justice and eradicating poverty are still not as well known as his speeches on racial discrimination.  These speeches, about helping the poorest Americans, regardless of race, speak to problems that the nation is still struggling with 40 years later. 

As the nation deals with rising unemployment and an ongoing debate about the need for an economic recovery plan, we have an opportunity to take second look at some of these lesser-known speeches:

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Honor Martin Luther King Jr. by Volunteering in Your Community

January 15, 2009 - Posted by Cathy Montoya

Two men are painting around a bulletin board in a classroom; paint is peeling off the walls in spots.

LCCR/LCCREF staff members painting a classroom at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C.

As Inauguration Day approaches, we are reminded that social justice activism has been integral in helping us reach this historical moment. But our work is not done; we urge you to renew your commitment to social justice by working in your own community to address inequity.

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Today in Civil Rights History: Robert N.C Nix, Jr.

January 6, 2009 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

On January 6, 1984, Robert N.C. Nix, Jr. assumed the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, becoming the first Black head of any state's Supreme Court.

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Remembering Civil Rights Folk Singer Odetta

December 4, 2008 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A younger Odetta on stage with a guitar, at a microphone with an unidentified man, playing in front of a large crowd.

Odetta at the 1963 March on Washington

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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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