civil rights http://wkms.org en 50 Years Later: The Civil Rights March on Frankfort http://wkms.org/post/50-years-later-civil-rights-march-frankfort <p>This week marks the 50th anniversary of a Kentucky event of importance not only for the state, but also for the nation. On March 5, 1964, over 10,000 people marched to Frankfort, Kentucky, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson, demanding a law to end segregation in the Commonwealth. We hear the story with Kate Lochte, through the voices of a state employee of that time and an organizer of the event - who is still working for human rights.</p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:12:24 +0000 Kate Lochte 39026 at http://wkms.org 50 Years Later: The Civil Rights March on Frankfort UT Martin Hosts Nation's Oldest Civil Rights Conference http://wkms.org/post/ut-martin-hosts-nations-oldest-civil-rights-conference <p>This week, the University of Tennessee at Martin hosts "Freedom Summer: Fifty Years Later." It's their&nbsp;14th&nbsp;Annual Civil Rights Conference featuring keynote speaker Mr. Dave Dennis, who participated in the first Freedom Bus ride from Montgomery, Alabama and in voter registration efforts during the 1964 Freedom Summer. Today, he works as the director and CEO of the Southern Initiative of the Algebra Project, a nonprofit that aims to improve mathematics education for minority children. UTM Department of History faculty member Dr. Renee LaFleur is coordinator for the conference and speaks with Kate Lochte about its events on <em>Sounds Good</em>.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:11:44 +0000 Kate Lochte 38900 at http://wkms.org UT Martin Hosts Nation's Oldest Civil Rights Conference 50th Anniversary Civil Rights March on Frankfort http://wkms.org/post/50th-anniversary-civil-rights-march-frankfort <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As a young man, shortly out of high school, John J. Johnson was the president of the local NAACP in his hometown of Franklin, Kentucky, and was a member of the executive committee for the March on Frankfort 50 years ago, which is being commemorated this year. That first march touched the nation and ultimately helped lead to the passage of the U.S. Civil Rights Act on July 2 of the same year. Today, John J. Johnson is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, and speaks with Kate </span>Lochte<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:56:39 +0000 Kate Lochte 38165 at http://wkms.org 50th Anniversary Civil Rights March on Frankfort 50 Years Later: September Mourn, The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing http://wkms.org/post/50-years-later-september-mourn-sixteenth-street-baptist-church-bombing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">50 years ago this Sunday, an explosion at an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama killed four little girls in an act of racially motivated terrorism, marking a turning point in the </span>1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Civil Rights Movement. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian </span>Clardy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reflects on this tragic moment, and its historical significance in contributing to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 16:18:00 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 34860 at http://wkms.org 50 Years Later: September Mourn, The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing 50 Years Later: The Assassination of Medgar Evers http://wkms.org/post/50-years-later-assassination-medgar-evers <p>Today marks 50 years since civil rights activist Medgar Evers was gunned down in his driveway in Jackson, Mississippi by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith. His murder and the subsequent trial sparked a cultural uproar and inspired national protests. A week later, President Kennedy submitted his Civil Rights bill to Congress, and the March on Washington would follow that summer. Commentator and Murray State history professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on how he came to learn about Medgar Evers - his sacrifices, and his legacy.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 31960 at http://wkms.org 50 Years Later: The Assassination of Medgar Evers Miranda Warnings Could be Required for Students http://wkms.org/post/miranda-warnings-could-be-required-students <p></p><p>The Kentucky Supreme Court is expected to hand down a ruling soon on whether public school administrators should give the Miranda warning to students when they question them with a resource officer present. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:04:52 +0000 Shelly Baskin 24978 at http://wkms.org Miranda Warnings Could be Required for Students KKK and ACLU Sue Cape Girardeau http://wkms.org/post/kkk-and-aclu-sue-cape-girardeau <p>The Ku Klux Klan and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing the City of Cape Girardeau for infringing their First Amendment rights to free speech.&nbsp; KKK members plan to distribute leaflets in Cape Girardeau on September 28<sup>th</sup>, but the city’s anti-litter ordinance prohibits placing handbills in or upon vehicles. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:32:32 +0000 Angela Hatton & Jacob McCleland 21889 at http://wkms.org KKK and ACLU Sue Cape Girardeau Federal civil rights official urges high schoolers to speak out on bullying http://wkms.org/post/federal-civil-rights-official-urges-high-schoolers-speak-out-bullying <p>It’s been 49 years since Dr. Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream Speech,” yet a top civil rights official says he’s amazed at some of the discrimination and harassment that continues across the country. &nbsp;Thomas Perez, head of the Civil Rights Division at the US. Department of Justice spoke to high school freshmen in Lexington Wednesday about bullying. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:16:34 +0000 Brenna Angel (KPR) 21491 at http://wkms.org Federal civil rights official urges high schoolers to speak out on bullying Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame nomination deadline approaches http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-civil-rights-hall-fame-nomination-deadline-approaches <p>There&rsquo;s one week left to nominate human rights advocates for the 2012 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Rick Howlett (KPR) 18887 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame nomination deadline approaches