Civil Rights Movement

Newseum Opens ‘1967: Civil Rights at 50’

“1967: Civil Rights at 50”

Exhibit tells the story of the rise of the Black Panther Party and the turbulent events of 1967.
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Rosa Parks and civil disobedience

Rosa Parks

On Dec. 1, 1955, Parks helped start a movement that championed equality through First Amendment freedoms.
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Julian Bond — A voice of reason, a call for change

Julian Bond. Paul Sancya/Courtesy The Associated Press

In a nation beset for more than 50 years by racism, divided by war, and brimming with confrontation, anger and violence — there was the voice of Julian Bond: soft spoken and serious, reasoned but no less passionate, and always, always, challenging.
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New Hands-On Video Experience Brings Civil Rights History to Life

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

A new interactive kiosk at the entrance to the Newseum’s “Make Some Noise” exhibit features interviews with more than 100 civil rights leaders.
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Plessy, Brown v. Board anniversaries

This week marks the anniversaries of two landmark Supreme Court cases dealing with segregation: Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education.
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Remembering Claude Sitton

Claude Sitton

Claude Sitton, a Pulitzer Prize-winning son of the South whose news beat was the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, died March 10 in Atlanta. He was 89.
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Young Activists and Civil Rights

1965: Civil Rights at 50

The differences between the civil rights movement 50 years ago and today’s protests against racial profiling and police tactics are notable in style, leadership and available technology.
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Unsung Heroes: Virginia Library Sit-In

On Feb. 1, 1960, four black freshmen from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro, N.C., go to the “whites-only” lunch counter at the F.W. Woolworth store and attempt to order coffee. This was the first of many lunch-counter sit-ins that brought national attention to segregated spaces in the south. However, peaceful sit-ins began earlier, in Aug. 1939, when five black men entered the Barrett Branch of the Alexandria Library in Virginia.
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Civil Rights and Southern Democrats

1965: Civil Rights at 50

How did the Voting Rights Act of 1965 change the political landscape in the South?
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Was LBJ a Civil Rights Villain?

1965: Civil Rights at 50

The movie “Selma” has sparked debate among historians and civil rights leaders about the relationship between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and their roles in the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
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