Human Rights Archive

Nikki Giovanni to Speak This Evening in Fayetteville.

I just came across the news that  Nikki Giovanni —poet, activist, and educator—will be speaking this evening at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville at 7:00 PM.  The lecture will be held in the Arkansas Union Ball Room.   For more information contact Steve Voorhies at 479-575-3583 or email him at  voorhies@uark.edu This is a
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Friday Video: “I Will Be a Hummingbird” Wangari Maathai

Earlier this week Wanagari Maathai, founder of the Kenyan Greenbelt Movement, Nobel Laurette, and human rights advocate died at the age of seventy-one.    Quoting from the New York Times obituary, “In her Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Dr. Maathai said the inspiration for her work came from growing up in rural Kenya. She reminisced about a
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Alto Arizona and Artists Changing the Immigration Debate

This past week Colorlines magazine published an article that profiles four visual artists who are “reshaping the immigration debate” in the United States. They’re a part of the the Alto Arizona campaign, which has collected over 500 artists involved in “creative resistance” to the raids and deportations in Arizona and beyond.  Alto Arizona is a
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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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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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Protests in Egypt

Here are just a few links to two recent stories I’ve been reading about the situation in Egypt. Human Rights Watch From the article: Egyptians in Alexandria did the unimaginable on Friday, fending off a police attack for the first time in their lives. They are walking around in shock, unable to digest the significance
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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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Human Rights Watch Issues Statement Urging Israel to Allow Journalists in Gaza.

Although certainly not all folklorists would argue this is an issue that pertains to our work, I feel denying access to journalists and human rights workers is a human rights violation that pertains to the larger study of folklife on many levels. As folklorists we understand the inherent importance in the documentation of culture. All
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“No One is Illegal,” most recent radio program from the show “Making Contact.”

This radio program is an edited version of a talk by Harjap Grewal, an organizer with the Canadian-based group, “No One is Illegal.” He discusses the ways in which NAFTA, the state sanctioned guest worker programs, and cooperations put profit before human rights and engage in a new form of Indentured labor and slavery. Likewise,
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