Civil Rights Archive

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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Undocumented Youth Organize for Civil Rights: Recent Story by Zessna Garcia on Ozarks at Large.

A friend recently told me about this Ozarks at Large piece profiling the United We Dream confernece in Texas.  This piece, which aired last Wednesday  and was produced by Ozarks at Large intern Zessna Garcia, details  just a few of the diverse groups which support the DREAM Act, a federal bill which seeks to provide a path
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Happy Birthday to Ella Baker: “Ella’s Song.”

Today would have been freedom fighter and civil rights leader Ella Baker’s birthday.  Thanks so much to Americans Who Tell the Truth who posted this great Sweet Honey in the Rock video  of “Ella’s Song” this morning.  Lyrics below embedded video. Lyrics and music by Bernice Johnson Reagon Sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock We who
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Friday Video: Nikki Giovanni on Bicycles, Tragedy, and Trust.

Yesterday we posted that poet, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni would be reading at the University of Arkansas Thursday evening.  We were not able to go, so if you were there last night, we’d love to hear all about it! In honor of her visit and her amazing work in human rights and artistic expression,
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Charles Neblett, Founding Member of Freedom Singers, on WKYU Discussing His Work and the Russellville Community.

WKU Folk Studies graduate student Rachel Hopkin produced a wonderful radio program for WKYU Public Radio in Bowling Green about Charles Neblett, founding member of the Freedom Singers. The radio program features  Neblett discussing the death of fourteen-year old Emmitt Till, which led him to fight in the Civil Rights Movement as well as stories
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Happy Martin Luther King Day.

So often King is remembered only for his work in the Civil Rights Movement. But in his fight for human rights he also spoke out against the violence of poverty and war. No doubt we must remember King’s work with the Civil Rights Movement.  But his work was connected to justice in all arenas. He
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