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OnWords
2:40 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

On Words: Civil Discourse

Credit U.C. Berkeley

Recently, U.C. Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks has come under fire for using the 50th anniversary of the campus free speech movement as a call for “civil discourse.” 

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

New Exhibit Details Events of 'Freedom Summer'

Volunteers link arms and sing freedom songs before boarding the bus for Mississippi. Photograph by Ted Polumbaum.
Credit Image courtesy of The Kansas African American Museum

The Kansas African American Museum opened a new show this past weekend commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer of 1964.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Another Piece of the Civil Rights Fight

Howard W. Smith was responsible for adding sex as a protected class in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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On June 19th 1964, the Senate passed the Civil Rights Act, breaking the 83-day filibuster by Southern Democrats. While this act is recognized as a groundbreaking piece of civil rights legislation for African Americans, it also held the key to future civil rights advancements and protections for women.

Two days before the final vote, Representative Howard W. Smith, a powerful Democrat from Virginia, added sex as a protected class to Title VII, a section that prohibits discrimination by employers. Historians have been wondering about his motivations ever since.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Past And Present: A Major Landmark In The Fight For Civil Rights

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This year marks the 60th anniversary of the celebrated civil rights case, Brown v. Board of Education. However, on May 3, 1954, two weeks before the Brown ruling, the Supreme Court delivered another important decision in the American Civil Rights movement.

In Hernandez v. Texas, the court declared that the 14th Amendment’s right to equal protection extended to all racial and ethnic groups. In 1951, Texas convicted an agricultural worker named Pedro Hernandez of murdering Joe Espinosa.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Past and Present: The Anniversary Of A Continuing Battle

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This landmark legislation made it illegal to discriminate against someone based upon their race or place of birth.

Before 1964, the experiences of transplanted Africans in this country were dramatically influenced by slavery and Jim Crow racial segregation. During the past 50 years, many African Americans, under the protection of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, have achieved a level of social and economic mobility that their ancestors could only have dreamt of.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Past and Present: How Brown v. BOE Could Have Happened Earlier

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
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2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark civil rights case, Brown v. Board of Education. However, Brown could have been decided one year earlier, if not for some unusual circumstances that brought the lawyers back to the Supreme Court to argue the case… for a second time.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Movie Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

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I have been maligning Lee Daniels' The Butler as a movie without a central storyline, but my powers of prophecy were weak: its story is the whole civil rights movement, from beginning lunch counters to South African apartheid and the Reagan administration.

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Civil Rights
4:22 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Governor Marks 50th Anniversary Of March On Washington

Gov. Sam Brownback Wednesday signed a proclamation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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Community
5:58 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Human Rights Advocate And Peace Activist To Speak Friday

Tom Hayden, internationally known human rights and peace activist, former California state legislator, and Freedom Rider will speak Friday at the Peace & Social Justice Center's 20th anniversary dinner.

Hayden will share his long-time experience in peace, justice and environment movements. He spent years on the forefront of the anti-Vietnam War movement and is against the war in Afghanistan. He says in the '60s, President Lyndon Johnson said that the United States could afford guns and butter, meaning the Vietnam War and domestic programs.

"He was wrong," says Hayden.

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News
5:24 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Top Morning News 12.07.12

Pompeo tells reporters he is pessimistic about the Fiscal Cliff; KS Senators are considering redrawing political boundaries again; Peace advocate and civil rights advocate to speak in Wichita Friday.

Pompeo Pessimistic About 'Fiscal Cliff'

Kansas U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo is pessimistic about the ability of Congress and President Obama to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.

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