A civil rights fighter compares BLM movement to the 1960’s struggle | Memphis Massacre | In The News

SAVANNAH (WSAV) – Former Savannah Mayor, Edna Jackson, sits down with WSAV’s Martin Staunton to talk about the similarities and differences between the push for civil rights in the 1960’s and the Black Lives Matter movement of today.

Jackson was among thousands of young African Americans in Savannah in the 1960’s who participated in many protests, sit-ins, wade-ins, and rallies, to dismantle segregation in the Hostess City.

Watch the video to see the interview.



“The Civil Rights Act of 1964: How Far Have We Come?” was on view in the rotunda and on the fourth floor of McWherter Library in 2014. Free and open to the public.

Presented with the support of Friends of the University Libraries.  For additional resources, please visit our online research guide at  http://libguides.memphis.edu/civilrightsact1964.

“The Civil Rights Act of 1964: How Far Have We Come?” Reflection Project

We encourage you to reflect on the failures and triumphs of the tireless struggle for civil rights in the mid-20th century. How far have we come?


In the News

a new monument and museum in Montgomery, Alabama
New Museum opened this week in DC

The Definitive Story of How the National Museum of African American History and Culture Came to Be
Lonnie Bunch
Smithsonian Magazine, September 2016

In July 2005, I began this great adventure by driving from Chicago to Washington, D.C. to take a new job. The trip gave me plenty of time to ponder whether I’d made the right decision. After all, I loved Chicago, my home in Oak Park and my job as president of the Chicago Historical Society. But it was too late to turn back. I had agreed to become the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture—an opportunity, and an obligation to my community, that far outweighed my reservations.


Inside the Upcoming Memorial and Museum Dedicated to Lynching Victims

Danny Lewis
smithsonian.com, August 24, 2016

The iconography of slavery and segregation can be found nearly everywhere in the United States, be it statues dedicated to prominent slave owners from history or government buildings built by slaves. But soon, a new monument and museum in Montgomery, Alabama, will directly confront some of the worst atrocities committed in American history by memorializing the thousands of black people who were lynched in the U.S.



Closer to home, we’re grappling with a national US election that has seen many white supremacist forces emerge into the mainstream, helped by media companies that parrot extreme opinions as fact. Culturally the repercussions are everywhere, from the careless attitude towards Native American heritage in North Dakota (which is a direct legacy of white supremacy) to the dismissal of Native American and Hispanic student opinions in New Mexico.   READ







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