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Civil Rights Act of 1964

You Can't Make the Congress Do Anything

Washington Spectator | Posted 03.08.2015 | Books
Washington Spectator

Clearly written and brimming with telling historical details and sharp insights, The Fierce Urgency of Now is essential reading not only for those who want to understand the Great Society but for everyone concerned with how it might be preserved or expanded.

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

For the first time ever, an intergenerational and interracial gathering of LGBTQ voices of color and our allies came together, creating the paradigm of how future discussions should take place.

Conservatives Can't Stop Re-Framing: MLK... Civil Rights... Jesus?

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

Conservatives "out-frame" progressives: Estate taxes are" death" taxes. Given their success, conservatives are no longer limiting "framing" to policy issues. They're busy re-framing history.

10 Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

There is a "people's history" of Selma that we all can learn from -- one that is needed especially now.

It's Time for 'Freedom Summer 2015'

Mary Buffett | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Mary Buffett

We need to have a national effort to counteract what has taken place in the last decade. We need to restore the millions of names that have been purged from the voter rolls.

Ferguson's Lessons for the Fall Semester

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.17.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

As students return to school this fall with the echoes of gunshots and angry protests reverberating across the country, how will teachers address the lessons of Ferguson? Will they even be able to do so?

Desegregation in New Orleans Rooted in 1960s Dryades St. Boycott

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the August 4, 2014 edition.) The former Dryades Street below Jackson Avenue in Mid-City New ...

The Jim Crow North? Dining in New York City Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Chin Jou | Posted 09.23.2014 | New York
Chin Jou

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law is often recognized as a repudiation of racial segregation in the southern states. But this common association overlooks the reality of discrimination in public accommodations in the North, including in America's largest city.

Young People Changing History: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in the United States

Christy Macy | Posted 09.07.2014 | Black Voices
Christy Macy

In 1964, Mississippi was a place of terror, where local white citizens carried out brutal retaliation against blacks who believed they had the right to be first-class citizens. More than 1,000 people were arrested that summer.

The Civilizing Act of 1964

American Anthropological Association | Posted 09.06.2014 | Black Voices
American Anthropological Association

Looking back 50 years allows us to consider, "how far we have come," but also how "retroactive" some sectors of US society have become in recent times.

Reflecting on 50 Years of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Today, July 2, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the landmark legislation signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

50 Years Later, the Challenge Continues...

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Joyce S. Dubensky

We have made progress but there is more to do. We ask you and your colleagues to continue to work toward creating the kinds of equal and inclusive workplaces envisioned with the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

1964: A Year of Beginnings

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Today, we celebrate President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but the year 1964 itself deserves its own celebration. It was the year of beginnings not yet finished.

Drain on My Parade: Did the Human Rights Campaign Sell Us Out on ENDA and Outsource LGBT Rights?

Andrew Miller | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

Such is HRC's disdain for our community that they evidently used ringers at the New York City Pride Parade: fresh-faced 20-somethings who work for McCann, one of the largest ad agencies in the world. The largest -- and richest -- LGBT-rights group in the country could not be bothered to field a team for the largest LGBT-pride parade in the country.

The Courage of Sacrifice: The Civil Rights Act of 1964, 50 Years Later

Charles F. Coleman Jr. | Posted 08.25.2014 | Black Voices
Charles F. Coleman Jr.

Despite the gains made since the Civil Rights Act, we still remain woefully behind in a race so serious that the outcome threatens the very future of our freedom. There are still populations in this country who call themselves Americans but are yet denied the full benefits of American personhood. If there is any evidence of our need for continued progress, it is there.

The Role Moderate Republicans Played in Passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Keith Runyon | Posted 07.30.2014 | Books
Keith Runyon

The fire that swept America in early 1964 was a derivation of the one that incinerated the nation in 1861: the scourge of slavery and the curse of segregation that followed the Civil War.

Racism: What's the Problem?

Bob Burnett | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

For a brief period, there was a national discussion of racism. But now, for most Americans, it's over. Why can't we acknowledge racism continues to be a major national problem, a cancer that threatens the heart of our democracy? Why can't we do something about it?

Democrats Should Widen Focus on Voter Suppression

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans want to make it harder to vote, Democrats want to make it easier. It's a simple concept, and it's one that strikes at a foundational belief most Americans share: Things always get better throughout American history, never worse.

Friday Talking Points -- Happy 50th, Civil Rights Act Of 1964!

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week was a big week for women's rights, as the Senate pushed for an Equal Pay Act to celebrate Equal Pay Day. It was filibustered, which just goes to show that one party cares about women's rights and one party clearly does not.

Steps Forward on School Discipline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is used as an opportunity to teach children about his legacy. But in too many of those same schools, Black and other nonwhite children's extraordinary talents are still being wasted.

Ask What You Can Do For Your Country

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope, as we remember a young President, that we will renew our commitment to building with urgency and persistence a just America where every child is valued and enabled to achieve their God given potential regardless of the lottery of birth.

The Virtual Repeal of Kennedy-Johnson Administrations' 'Signature Achievement'

Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.) | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.)

Federal judges from trial courts to the Supreme Court have interpreted the Civil Rights Act virtually, although not entirely, out of existence. This is so across judicial philosophies, across the political spectrum and even across presidential appointments.

If Kennedy Lost...

Ross M. Wallenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ross M. Wallenstein

The "what ifs" surrounding President John F. Kennedy's death have fascinated historians and history buffs like me for half a century. Yet they almost always presume reelection.

Dr. King's Dream and the Latino Community: 50 Years Later

Janet Murguía | Posted 10.26.2013 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

We have a broken immigration system that has failed them and has failed us as a country. I hope Congress will heed the calls this weekend that true justice includes enacting comprehensive immigration reform.

Ashley Balcerzak

March On Washington 50th Anniversary Events

HuffingtonPost.com | Ashley Balcerzak | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices

On August 28, 2013, it will have been 50 years since Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led approximately 250,000 people in the March on Washington for Jobs ...