Civil Rights http://kut.org en In Black America Podcast: 'Defining The Struggle' http://kut.org/post/black-america-podcast-defining-struggle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Susan D. Carle, professor at <a href="http://www.wcl.american.edu">American University Washington College of Law</a> and author of ‘Defining The Struggle: National Organizing For Racial Justice 1880 to 1915.’</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:51:17 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 10740 at http://kut.org In Black America Podcast: 'Defining The Struggle' How Twitter and Time Have Helped Americans Reassess LBJ's Legacy http://kut.org/post/how-twitter-and-time-have-helped-americans-reassess-lbjs-legacy <p><em>This post has been updated to include portions of an interview with LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove.</em></p><p>President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act fifty years ago today.</p><p>"It's hard to realize that 50 years ago, people of color in many parts of this country, particularly in the Deep South, would not be accommodated at restaurants or at hotels or at motels, there were separate educational facilities and separate water fountains – we essentially lived in an apartheid state," LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove says.</p><p>Both the<a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/" target="_blank"> LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a> in Austin and the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/lyjo/index.htm" target="_blank">LBJ Ranch </a>in Stonewall are celebrating the anniversary of the signing.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:06:21 +0000 Laura Rice 10717 at http://kut.org How Twitter and Time Have Helped Americans Reassess LBJ's Legacy Watch President Bush Address the Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/watch-president-bush-address-civil-rights-summit <p><object height="315" width="560"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/AuGWme2bsk0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/v/AuGWme2bsk0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560"></embed></object></p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">Former President George&nbsp;W. Bush &nbsp;is speaking this afternoon at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">the Civil Rights Summit</a>&nbsp;at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a>&nbsp;on UT campus.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">The summit, which&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">gathers four U.S Presidents</a>&nbsp;and dozens of other speakers, marks the 50th anniversary of&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act</a>.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:37:17 +0000 KUT Staff 10197 at http://kut.org Watch President Obama's Address at the Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/watch-president-obamas-address-civil-rights-summit <object width="540" height="304"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/-dZAsEyQGYc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/-dZAsEyQGYc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="540" height="304" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><p>President Barack Obama is speaking this afternoon at <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">the Civil Rights Summit</a>&nbsp;at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/">LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a> in Austin.</p><p>The summit, <a href="http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit">gathering four U.S Presidents</a> and dozens of other speakers, marks the 50th anniversary of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964">President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act</a>. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:30:27 +0000 Laura Rice 10190 at http://kut.org How Sports Played a Role in the Civil Rights Movement http://kut.org/post/how-sports-played-role-civil-rights-movement <p>The role sports has played in America's civil rights struggle, especially with black athletes, has been well documented.</p><p>For many the movement started with <a href="http://www.jackierobinson.com/">Jackie Robinson</a> crossing the color line in baseball. But two other athletes were in Austin Wednesday to share their perspectives at the LBJ Library's <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">Civil Rights Summit</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PLAYER_ID=33">Jim Brown</a> is often called the greatest running back in the history of pro football. But he was never the most popular player. He told the crowd in Austin he attributes that to his role in pushing for civil rights and equality for himself and other black athletes.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143942765&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:58:43 +0000 Ben Philpott 10186 at http://kut.org How Sports Played a Role in the Civil Rights Movement Four Presidents Will Be in Austin for the LBJ Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four U.S. Presidents headline a <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">three-day summit</a> in Austin this week, kicking off a celebration of the </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of the <a href="http://www.congresslink.org/print_basics_histmats_civilrights64text.htm">1964 Civil Rights Act</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Life before the act can sometimes seem foreign to those of us who came after the landmark legislation was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. O</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rganizers say that alone is a great reason to hold a summit.</span></p><p>"Of course it's appropriate to look back. I mean, I myself am a child of the segregated South. So I grew up in that world and I know in ways that our students really don't, what things were like before this legislation,"&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">LBJ</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;School of Public Affairs Dean Robert&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hutchings says.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143592759&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:09:46 +0000 Ben Philpott 10145 at http://kut.org Four Presidents Will Be in Austin for the LBJ Civil Rights Summit President Obama Coming to Austin for Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/president-obama-coming-austin-civil-rights-summit <p>President Obama is planning to be in Austin on April 10 to deliver the keynote address at a <a href="http://civilrightssummit.org">Summit on Civil Rights</a>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The event at the </span><a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">LBJ&nbsp;Presidential Library and Museum</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> commemorates 50 years since President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.&nbsp;</span></p><p>“I think we see the Obama Administration has taken active part in the national dialogue about the progress we’ve made over the past 50 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act,"&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">says&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/rn332/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ranjana&nbsp;Natarajan</a>,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a civil rights expert and professor at the University of Texas School of Law</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"They’ve been working on policies to further that process, whether it’s healthcare or criminal justice reform."</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:23:58 +0000 Trey Shaar 9869 at http://kut.org President Obama Coming to Austin for Civil Rights Summit Presidents to Gather in Austin this Spring for Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/presidents-gather-austin-spring-civil-rights-summit <p>The history and the current state of the civil rights struggle will be examined at a <a href="http://civilrightssummit.org" target="_blank">three-day summit</a> in Austin this spring. The conference will focus on President Lyndon Johnson’s civil rights legacy.</p><p>The Civil Rights Summit will be held April 8-10 at the <a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org" target="_blank">LBJ Presidential Library</a> – and will mark the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Johnson.</p><p>Mark Updegrove, director of the LBJ Presidential Library, says two former presidents have <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/speakers/" target="_blank">confirmed their attendance</a>: Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. President George W. Bush has not yet confirmed, and there is the possibility of President Barack Obama attending.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135280702&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:20:37 +0000 David Martin Davies 9794 at http://kut.org Presidents to Gather in Austin this Spring for Civil Rights Summit A Tribute to the Late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. http://kut.org/post/tribute-late-rev-dr-martin-luther-king-jr <p>In honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., In Black America presents a tribute to the slain civil rights leader. During the less than 13 years of King’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, from December 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than the previous 350 years had produced. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129345664&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:09:38 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr 9531 at http://kut.org A Tribute to the Late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In Black America Podcast: Remembering Actor, Activist Ossie Davis http://kut.org/post/black-america-podcast-remembering-actor-activist-ossie-davis <p>On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with screen and stage legends Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.</p><p>Playwright, director, producer, actor, and advocate for civil and social rights, Davis was a passionate man with many achievements. As an actor, he starred on stage and in films based on race-conscious issues including "A Raisin in the Sun," "No Way Out," "The Joe Lewis Story," and received an NAACP Image Award for his work in "Do the Right Thing." He appeared on several television series, such as "The Defenders," "The Client," "Queen," "The Stand," and "Evening Shade."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/124987677&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:38:00 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 9372 at http://kut.org In Black America Podcast: Remembering Actor, Activist Ossie Davis 50 Years After MLK's Iconic Speech, What's Your Dream? http://kut.org/post/50-years-after-mlks-iconic-speech-whats-your-dream <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F107683670" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Fifty years ago <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/live-march-washington-anniversary-and-npr-coverage">today</a>, Martin Luther King Jr. led the March on Washington, where he delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.</p><p>KUT recently went to the streets, asking random&nbsp;Austinites to complete the phrase "I have a dream (that)…" &nbsp;Their responses may surprise you. Listen in the audio player above. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:22:26 +0000 David Brown 8559 at http://kut.org 50 Years After MLK's Iconic Speech, What's Your Dream? Speaking At The Lincoln Memorial, Obama Assesses 'The Dream' http://kut.org/post/live-march-washington-anniversary-and-npr-coverage Thousands gathered under gray skies in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.<p>They gathered in the exact same spot where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, and many of the same themes — equality, dignity, unity — echoed through the crowd.<p>President Obama was joined by the King family and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.<p>At 3 p.m. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 18:50:42 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 8556 at http://kut.org Speaking At The Lincoln Memorial, Obama Assesses 'The Dream' Texas Civil Rights Project Files Suit Against Private Corporation Running Dawson State Jail http://kut.org/post/texas-civil-rights-project-files-suit-against-private-corporation-running-dawson-state-jail <p>The <a href="http://www.texascivilrightsproject.org/">Texas Civil Rights Project </a>and Prison Legal News have filed a lawsuit against Corrections Corporation of America, claiming the company is withholding evidence of mismanagement and mistreatment of prison inmates.</p><p>The lawsuit claims that Corrections Corporation of America covered up the deaths of seven inmates at the Dawson State Jail in Dallas. Earlier this year, the death of an infant at the prison made headlines statewide. Bob Libal, director of Grassroots Leadership, said the lawsuit will shine light on the private prison industry.</p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 19:55:34 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 7576 at http://kut.org Texas Civil Rights Project Files Suit Against Private Corporation Running Dawson State Jail Andrew Young to Speak in Austin http://kut.org/post/andrew-young-speak-austin <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Andrew Young was a friend of Martin Luther King </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., a U.S. congressman, ambassador to the United Nations and mayor of Atlanta, to name just a few of his titles.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Tonight at 6, Young will be <a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/events/andrew-young-tom-johnson-lectureship">giving a lecture at the LBJ Auditorium</a> on Red River.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The event is free and open to the public. </span></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:18:51 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6430 at http://kut.org Andrew Young to Speak in Austin Racial Profiling Report Reveals Fewer Stops, But Questions Remain http://kut.org/post/racial-profiling-report-reveals-fewer-stops-questions-remain <p>A report on racial profiling shows the number of people stopped by the Austin Police Department for traffic violations dropped in 2011.</p><p>In 2011, police executed 5,050 vehicle searches on Hispanics, 3,505 searches on whites, and 3,037 searches on African-Americans.</p><p>&ldquo;Austin police officers made 179,882 motor vehicle stops in 2011 compared to 232,848 in 2010,&rdquo; the report reads:</p><blockquote><p>The primary reason for a motor vehicle stop is a traffic violation such as speeding, an illegal turn, expired registration and other violations of the transportation code.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 18:26:08 +0000 Lucia Duncan & Wells Dunbar 3897 at http://kut.org Racial Profiling Report Reveals Fewer Stops, But Questions Remain