The Declaration of Sentiments being read on NPR on the 150thanniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848.
The Declaration of Sentiments being read on NPR on the 150th
anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is perhaps the most successful piece of civil rights legislation in American history. Designed to allow the federal government to ensure that all Americans, regardless of their racial or ethnic background, its passage marked the culmination of President Johnson's civil rights agenda.
President Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., January 15, 1965, 12.06pm
President Johnson, Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach and Bill Moyers,
March 10, 1965, 9.32pm (4:55)
President Johnson and Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, April 7, 1965,
President Johnson and Senator Birch Bayh (D-Indiana), May 7, 1965, 4. (2:13)
President Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson, and Governor Carl Sanders (D-Georgia),
May 13, 1965, 8.35pm (4:31)
President Johnson and Walter Reuther, May 14, 1965, 4.19pm (1:24)
President Johnson and Senator Everett Dirksen (R-Illinois), August 4, 1965,
Fannie Lou Hamer, the last of 20 children and a Mississippi
tenant farmer, leapt to national prominence during the 1964 Democratic National
Convention, when she eloquently challenged Mississippi’s segregated
Democratic primary on national television.
In June 1963, Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers was gunned down
outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi. It took 31 years for Evers' killer
to be brought to justice -- but in that time, the state has changed a great
deal. Once the leader in the number of lynchings in America, today Mississippi
leads in the number of elected black officials.
Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of the slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
She's written the foreword for Civil Rights Chronicle, a new book that looks
at African Americans' 500-year-long struggle for greater civil rights in
the United States.
Retracing Freedom Summer: Students retracing the steps of Freedom Summer
workers, forty years later, and excerpts of interviews from two veterans
of Freedom Summer on voter registration and Fannie Lou Hamer's campaign
Ed Idar from the American GI Forum, a Mexican-American Group, organizing to vote through"Poll Tax Drives" in Texas in the 1950s.
Mayor La Guardia speaking on WNYC prior to the 1944 presidential election
explaining voting rights to the people and encouraging them to go to the
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