Civil Rights Archive

50 Years After the War on Poverty: ARVAC and Local Stories

  This Seed and the Story column originally ran in February of 2014. January of this year marked the fiftieth anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty. In his first State of the Union address on January 8, 1964, Johnson called upon the nation to aggressively fight the 19% poverty rate, exclaiming,“We shall not rest
Category: Arkansas

Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action:Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro.

A recent book published by the University of Arkansas Press, Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action: Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro, follows the work of the Greensboro, North Carolina Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a citizen led initiative exploring the events of November of 1979 when five Greensboro protesters were shot and killed by the Ku Klux
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“The Thirteen,” an Exhibit and Live Music/Spoken Word Performance Paying Homage to Thirteen Black Women Lynched in Kentucky.

The Morlan Gallary on the campus of Transylvania University in central Kentucky is currently hosting the exhibit “The Thirteen,” a visual art exhibition and live musical/spoken word performance paying homage to thirteen black women and girls who were lynched or otherwise violently murdered in Kentucky. According to the university, “The exhibit will feature photographs and video
Category: African American

Medgar Evers, Mississippi Martyr.

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier. You can read previous columns here.  In 1963 civil right activist and NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers
Category: African American

Supporting Immigrants and Equitable Communities: Arkansas United Community Coalltion

The Arkansas Times recently hosted its first annual Festival of Ideas at the Clinton School of Public Service. Featuring over fifty of Arkansas’s most innovative leaders, artists, and activists, these lectures and question and answer sessions provided a forum for Arkansans to discuss both the present and the future of the state, embracing strengths and addressing areas
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The Seed and the Story: Paths of Tradition Bearing

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, sustainability, oral history, human rights,and community in Yell County, Arkansas.   The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier.  Please remember to support your local paper and independent media!  The Seed and the Story column is just of many features you can
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Persistent Story: Celebrating the West Kentucky African American Heritage Museum

We’ve been sprucing things up around here and reorganizing files. You can now watch the film Persistent Story: Celebrating the West Kentucky African American Heritage Museum at our Boiled Down Juice Vimeo Page. This film was made in 2008 in the Folk Studies graduate program at Western Kentucky University in partnership with Michael Morrow and
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The Seed and the Story: Learning From Students and Folkstreams films

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, sustainability, oral history, human rights,and community in Yell County, Arkansas.   The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier.  Please remember to support your local paper and independent media!  The Seed and the Story column is just of many features you can
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Director Sharon La Cruise Discusses the Film, “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock.

Last week’s Friday Video was a preview of the upcoming film Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock.  Today on the University of Arkansas campus director of the film, Sharon La Cruise, will preset the film and answer questions. Yesterday Ozarks at Large’s Antoinette Grajeda spoke with La Cruise about the making of the film including her
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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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