Civil Rights Movement Archive

Michael Vinson Williams and Gale Zucker at the Arkansas Literary Festival

The Arkansas Literary Festival is in full swing now, and if you’ve had a chance to look at the schedule you know that’s it jammed packed with options.  We won’t even begin to touch on all the offerings, but make sure you check out the Arkansas Times this week and read, “Arkansas Liteary Festival slate piles
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Happy MLK Day. From the “Riverside” Speech and Nina Simone’s Why? (“The King of Love is Dead.”)

Here are two videos in honor of MLK day. This first video is one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s lesser known speeches speaking out against war and poverty.  Although MLK is talking specifically about the Vietnam War, the message that war is an enemy of the poor, of community, of democracy is just as timely,
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Friday Video: Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock.

I’m super excited about this week’s Friday Video, a trailer for the upcoming film, Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock. Produced by Sharon La Cruise, this film will makes its debut on February 2, 2012 on PBS’s Independent Lens. If you live in Fayetteville, however, you can catch a pre-screening of the film Thursday January 19
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Friday Video for September 16, 2011: Preview of The People Speak

This week’s Friday Video is another film preview. Although we don’t typically feature films that have been produced by more mainstream filmmakers, this video has been getting a lot of discussion this week in the grassroots organizing and social justice circles and is relevant because it does contain a great deal of information about the
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Civil Rights History Project Database Available Online.

  As of this month, the Civil Rights History Project survey of collections and repositories is now up online via a web-based portal at the Library of Congress American Folklife Center!  The survey project, an outgrowth of the Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009, provides an overview of all oral histories and information conducted
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Friday Video for July 22, 2011: A Book About Zilphia Horton.

Thanks to a friend who works for Highlander Research and Education Center, I found out that writer and roots music scholar Kim Ruehl is writing a book about organizer, activist,  folksong collector, and Paris, Arkansas native,  Zilphea Horton.   Using the grassroots fundraising method of KickStarter, Ruehl has already reached her financial goal needed to
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Myles Horton’s Definition of Participatory Research

Myles Horton is one of my biggest heroes. The founder of the Highlander Folk School, now called the Highlander Research and Education Center, Myles Horton believed in people’s power to change their lives and communities for the better. A true activist and constant learner, Horton put this belief into action when he created Highlander in
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Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon honors Odetta

A recent story on Democracy Now! features Bernice Johnson Reagon, SNCC Freedom Singer member and founder of the group Sweet Honey in the Rock, discussing Odetta and her impact on the Civil Rights Movement and folk, blues and and roots music. Broadcast also features Odetta in her own words. To listen go here.
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