Topic: civil rights

I.can't.breathe.square

Current Event December 14, 2014

Protests Now and in the Past

Civics/Government Race US History II civil rights

The grand jury decision not to indict the white New York City police officer responsible for the chokehold death of Eric Garner during an arrest, has led to protests across the country. From die-ins that block traffic to shutting down shopping malls, these efforts require organization, passion and a high degree of communication. This public radio story looks at how today’s social actions are organized and what they’ve learned from the civil rights movement.

Read More
Schoolbus.square

Current Event September 19, 2014

School Busing 40 Years Later

Civics/Government Education US History II civil rights

Twenty years after Brown vs. The Board of Education ruled that racial segregation in schools was unconstitutional, Boston began to desegregate its school system through busing. The city’s plan to bus 18,000 students to schools outside of their neighborhoods met intense and violent resistance from the first day. The hostility and hatred radiated through Boston for months. Today’s public radio story features audio from that tumultuous period and testimonials from Boston residents who lived through the turbulent efforts to integrate public schools. NOTE: Story includes strong language from the protests.

Read More
Age and race

Current Event February 26, 2014

Age and Race

civil rights race class

Rosa Finnegan did not stop working until she was 101. Now 102, she lives at a nursing home and comes to realize her perceptions on race and the end of life.

Read More
Lunch counter protester

Current Event February 24, 2014

Lunch Counter Protests of Civil Rights Era

civil rights

During Black History month, it’s important to learn about the small protest that sparked the civil rights movement. Four black teenagers demanded service at an all-white lunch counter in 1960. One of those protesters recently passed away and this story reflects on his life and impact.

Read More