Civil Rights

12:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Civil Rights Act at 50: Michigan was a pioneer

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law 50 years ago today. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attended the ceremony.
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On Friday, our nation celebrates its 238th birthday. But today, America is also observing the passage of one of the most significant laws ever crafted in its history.  On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law that forbids discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin was born in an era of violence and intolerance in America.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Remembering the Freedom Summer of '64 with Lynn Jondahl

Preview the documentary 'AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Freedom Summer' Wednesday June 18 at the Communication Arts and Sciences Building.
Credit George Ballis/Take Stock

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of a tragic and historic turning point in the fight for civil rights. The night of June 21, 1964, three young civil rights workers were shot and killed near the community of Philadelphia, Mississippi.  They were there organizing and working to register African-Americans to vote during 10 violent and controversial weeks remembered as the “Freedom Summer.” 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:09 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Project 60/50 kicks off year-long human rights conversation

This year marks the anniversary of two crucial moments in our country’s long history of inequality. Sixty years ago, the Supreme Court handed out its landmark decision in Brown versus the Topeka Board of Education, which effectively ended legal segregation of our nation’s public schools. And 50 years ago this year, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:08 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Project to map local civil rights history

The MSU Museum's Marsha McDowell is working on a project to identify local sites associated with human rights.

"Today, human rights are under attack in many parts of the world. But there is a pathway to building a just, humane, and peaceful future: The power of the past." That's how the organization Sites of Conscience explains its mission on its website.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:15 am
Wed December 18, 2013

New MI Civil Rights head plots department's direction

Michigan Department of Civil Rights executive director Matt Wesaw
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is calling for a review of an apparent murder dating back to 1970.  The incident, still unsolved, took the life of one of the department’s own, its first executive director.

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