civil rights http://wamc.org en #OccupyAlbany Returns http://wamc.org/post/occupyalbany-returns <p>Local voices of the national Occupy movement came together over the weekend in Albany.</p><p>In October 2011, the anti-establishment, anti-corporate movement that began a month earlier on Wall Street reached New York State's seat of political power when an "Occupy" encampment <a href="http://wamc.org/post/occupy-albany" target="_blank">sprung up</a> in Lafayette Park, across the street from the state capitol.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:58:49 +0000 Dave Lucas 94786 at http://wamc.org #OccupyAlbany Returns Congressional Corner With Richard Neal http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-richard-neal-12 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today’s politicians often look to the past for guidance.</p><p>In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal discusses the Civil Rights Act with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 92432 at http://wamc.org Congressional Corner With Richard Neal 50th Anniversary Of 1964 Civil Rights Act Marked At Conference http://wamc.org/post/50th-anniversary-1964-civil-rights-act-marked-conference <p>Social justice advocates are marking the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The future of civil rights was the topic of a regional conference in Springfield, Massachusetts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:19:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 88160 at http://wamc.org 50th Anniversary Of 1964 Civil Rights Act Marked At Conference The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region's Conference http://wamc.org/post/underground-railroad-history-project-capital-regions-conference <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (April 11 – 13),<a href="http://www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org/"> The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region</a> will present their 13th Public History Conference. This year’s conference is entitled <a href="http://www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org/page_id476/"><em>Slavery and the Underground Railroad: the Larger Context, the Lingering Legacy</em></a> and is co-sponsored by <a href="http://www.sage.edu/rsc/">Russell Sage College</a>, The Department of History and Society at Russell Sage College, and the <a href="http://www.rchsonline.org/">Rensselaer County Historical Society</a>.</p><p>Here now to tell us all about it are Brea Barthel, a co-coordinator of the Conference, and Professor at SUNY Albany and RPI and Paul Stewart, Scholar in Residence at Russell Sage College and co-founder of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87681 at http://wamc.org The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region's Conference "The Bill Of The Century: The Epic Battle For The Civil Rights Act" By Clay Risen http://wamc.org/post/bill-century-epic-battle-civil-rights-act-clay-risen <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the single most important piece of legislation passed by Congress in American history. This one law so dramatically altered American society that, looking back, it seems preordained—as Everett Dirksen, the GOP leader in the Senate and a key supporter of the bill, said, “no force is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” But there was nothing predestined about the victory: a phalanx of powerful senators, pledging to “fight to the death” for segregation, launched the longest filibuster in American history to defeat it.</p><p>This critical turning point in American history has never been thoroughly explored in a full-length account. Now, <em>New York Times</em> editor and acclaimed author <a href="http://www.clayrisen.com/">Clay Risen</a> delivers the full story, in <em>The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act</em>.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87597 at http://wamc.org "The Bill Of The Century: The Epic Battle For The Civil Rights Act" By Clay Risen "Stokely: A Life" By Peniel E. Joseph http://wamc.org/post/stokely-life-peniel-e-joseph <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for “Black Power” during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966.</p><p>A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed that night.</p><p>In <em>Stokely</em>, preeminent civil rights scholar <a href="http://www.penielejoseph.com/">Peniel E. Joseph</a> presents a groundbreaking biography of Carmichael, using his life as a prism through which to view the transformative African American freedom struggles of the twentieth century.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87279 at http://wamc.org "Stokely: A Life" By Peniel E. Joseph Report: NY Schools Most Racially Segregated In Nation http://wamc.org/post/report-ny-schools-most-racially-segregated-nation <p>A new report reveals New York State's public schools are the most segregated in the nation.</p><p>The report released Wednesday by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles used U.S. Department of Education statistics: it noted increasing segregation in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and New York City metro areas.&nbsp;&nbsp; It found many black and Latino students attend schools with virtually no white classmates throughout New York.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:39:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 86926 at http://wamc.org Report: NY Schools Most Racially Segregated In Nation Ebony & Ivy By Craig Steven Wilder http://wamc.org/post/ebony-ivy-craig-steven-wilder <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed that institution’s complex and contested involvement in slavery—setting off a controversy that leapt from the ivory tower to make headlines across the country.</p><p>But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique. In <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1596916818/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1596916818&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1596916818" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em>, Craig Steven Wilder, a rising star in the profession of history, lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 74924 at http://wamc.org Ebony & Ivy By Craig Steven Wilder "The Investigator" Terry Lenzner http://wamc.org/post/investigator-terry-lenzner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For 5 decades Terry </span>Lenzner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been one of Washington’s most powerful inside players working behind the scenes to get to the bottom of scandals, controversies, and mysteries ranging from the murder of three young civil rights workers that inspired the film Mississippi Burning, to Watergate, the impeachment of President Clinton, and the death of Princess Diana.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now for the first time he tells the story of his remarkable half century career probing politicians, celebrities, governments, and corporations in </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Investigator</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:25:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 77166 at http://wamc.org "The Investigator" Terry Lenzner Rep. John Lewis - "Across That Bridge" http://wamc.org/post/rep-john-lewis-across-bridge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>We speak with United States Congressman, John Lewis, about his new book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1401324118/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1401324118">Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1401324118" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 39944 at http://wamc.org Rep. John Lewis - "Across That Bridge"