civil rights

Society
8:19 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

UT Martin Hosts 15th Annual Civil Rights Conference Next Week

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The University of Tennessee at Martin hosts its 15th Annual Civil Rights Conference next week. Conference Director, Assistant Professor of History Renee LaFleur previews the multi-day event whose keynote speaker is presidential historian and Director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library since 2009, Mark Updegrove. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with LaFleur about the theme of how President Johnson's "Great Society" contributed to the Civil Rights Movement and other featured speakers at the event.

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Marriage
10:13 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Same Sex Marriage: County Officials Mulling Future of Courthouse Weddings

The Christian County "Love Chapel"
Credit Allison Crawford

As Alabama becomes the most recent state to issue same sex marriages, some lawmakers there are decrying a federal judge’s decision to strike down the ban and the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to intervene. Kentucky, another largely conservative state, may receive a final decision on its gay marriage ban this summer. The impending decision has some public officials reexamining their role as marriage officiants.


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WKMS Press Releases
11:33 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Hear Black History Month Specials on WKMS

Civil Rights leaders: Bayard Rustin, Andrew Young, Rep. William Fitts Ryan, James Farmer, John Lewis, 1965
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WKMS celebrates Black History Month with a unique collection of vignettes during Sounds Good all month long, a limited-run series on the life and music of Duke Ellington and special programming covering "Race and Fear" in America, the Civil Rights movement from Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall, and a special report following three African American women coping with breast cancer.

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Politics
12:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Commentary: 50 Years Later - Freedom Summer 1964

Students protesting in Mississippi
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"All my life I've been sick and tired. Now I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired." - Fannie Lou Hamer

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a campaign to open the polls to African-American voters in Mississippi, which became a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights era. The summer marked a turning point in ending white supremacy in the state and decades of isolation in the Deep South for black voters ahead of the 1964 elections. Commentator and Murray State history professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects back on Freedom Summer and its legacy 50 years later.

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Society
5:31 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Western Kentucky Loses Civil Rights Trailblazer

Wardelle G. Harvey
Credit New Greater Love Missionary Baptist Church

Paducah has lost a formative civil rights activist and its first black City Commissioner. Reverend Wardelle G. Harvey died the Tuesday evening at the age of 88. 

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Society
2:12 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

50 Years Later: The Civil Rights March on Frankfort

1964 March on Frankfort
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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.

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Society
12:11 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

UT Martin Hosts Nation's Oldest Civil Rights Conference

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This week, the University of Tennessee at Martin hosts "Freedom Summer: Fifty Years Later." It's their 14th 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 Sounds Good.

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Government
1:56 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

50th Anniversary Civil Rights March on Frankfort

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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 Lochte.

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Society
11:18 am
Fri September 13, 2013

50 Years Later: September Mourn, The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing

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 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on this tragic moment, and its historical significance in contributing to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

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Society
6:35 am
Wed June 12, 2013

50 Years Later: The Assassination of Medgar Evers

Medgar Evers
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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. 

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