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There are many images associated with the modern Civil Rights Movement: crowds of people holding signs, policemen attacking children with dogs and fire hoses, or students sitting at lunch counters with jeering crowds behind them. But nearly all of the photos in popular culture depict incidents that happened in southern states. For many Americans these images form our view of that time period, and frame the fight for civil rights as a largely southern issue. Historian and author Mark Speltz,...

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March, Book One tells the story of John Lewis' childhood in the segregated south, his formative meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr ., and the organization of the Nashville Student Movement, and its fight to integrate lunch counters. Representative John Lewis serves Georgia's 5th congressional district. He’s the co-author, along with staffer Andrew Aydin , of the comic book March, Book One . Lewis and Aydin were at Marquette, where Lewis was awarded an honorary degree. The book was required...

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The Civil Rights era was a defining time in American history, and the reverberations are still being felt today. A contemporary musical, Violet , explores those early days of the modern civil rights era through the eyes of a young woman – Violet – traveling through 1964 America. "This production was written to reflect September 4, 1964, two months after the civil rights act was signed by Lyndon Johnson," says director Sheri Pannell. "It takes place during the time of the escalation of the...

In the late nineteenth century, civil rights pioneers Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass lived near each other in Rochester, NY. They were friends and often supported each other as they fought for the rights of women and African Americans in America. A new children’s book, Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass , depicts the story of this historic friendship. Written by Madison author Dean Robbins , and illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko , the book imagines a...

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We have discussed some of the myriad causes of racial discrimination. And some have spoken about what they see as racially discriminatory practices at several levels. While some lump that concept in under the umbrella term, “racism,” our first guest this morning would urge you to understand the distinction between the two concepts. Doctor Imani Perry is professor at Princeton University’s Center for African-American Studies – she was one of Marquette University’s three Metcalfe Chairs this...

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Service is growing part of the King Day observance.