Civil Rights

KERA Voices
9:25 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Voices Of Freedom Summer: Recalling A Season That Changed America

Freedom Riders Julia Aaron, left, and David Dennis were among the Freedom Riders who paved the way for Freedom Summer student volunteers. Pictured here in 1961, Dennis would eulogize activist James Chaney three years later.
Paul Schutzer via 'Freedom Riders' c/o PBS

Fifty years ago this summer, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. But that didn’t come without a price. It was the era of the Freedom Summer, a bloody campaign to get blacks registered to vote in Mississippi. 

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Freedom Summer
12:13 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Study Up For 'Think': Blood For Freedom

On June 24, "Freedom Summer" premieres on KERA TV. Freedom Summer was a controversial movement in 1964 to increase black voter registration.

The Freedom Summer was a 1964 campaign in Mississippi to increase black voter registration. Adversaries resisted the movement with malevolence and violence. Today at noon, Krys Boyd will speak to historian Bruce Watson, author of American Experience: Freedom Summer, about the effort 50 years ago.

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Texas News
6:26 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Dallas Remembers Civil Rights Attorney And The City's First Black Judge: Louis A. Bedford

Lincoln Memorial
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Louis A. Bedford Jr. was born in Dallas, in the 1920s, when the Ku Klux Klan was rampant and Texas enforced Jim Crow laws. Four decades later, he became the city’s first black judge, and eventually helped other blacks into city and state politics. 

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Texas News
11:54 am
Thu April 10, 2014

At Civil Rights Summit In Austin, Obama Says He Has 'Lived Out The Promise' Envisioned By LBJ

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A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had "lived out the promise" envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater racial equality.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which Johnson signed into law, Obama lauded his Democratic predecessor's ability to grasp like few others the power of government to bring about change and swing open the doors of opportunity for millions of Americans.

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Texas News
11:55 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Remembering Dallas Civil Rights Activist And Attorney Adelfa Callejo

Diana Orozco-Garrett was 12 when she decided she wanted to become a lawyer after seeing Adelfa Callejo speak at a protest.
Diana Orozco-Garrett

Adelfa Botello Callejo, a longtime civil rights leader and attorney in Dallas, died early Saturday from a brain tumor. She was 90.

Callejo endured three bouts with cancer, including colon and breast cancer. In an email to friends, her nephew John David Gonzales described her as a “giant among giants who became a Texas legal legend and philanthropist who dedicated her life to the promotion of education.”

Hear what others had to say about her decades-long legacy:

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1:30 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Truancy Policies In Dallas-Area Schools Draw Civil Rights Complaint

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A senior attorney at the National Center for Youth Law says "Dallas is, by far, the most aggressive in the state of Texas, and Texas is way more aggressive than any other state". The group joined 'Texas Appleseed' and 'Disability Rights Texas' in filing the complaint.
Texas sends 113,000 students, ages 12 to 17, to courts for truancy violations each year, more than twice as many students as in the other 49 states combined, according to lawyers filing the complaint. The complaint said that last fiscal year, Dallas County truancy courts prosecuted more than 36,000 truancy cases.
6:48 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Holder Says Rights Apply To All

Victims of bullies and those picked on because they’re gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered have federal law on their side. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports that was one of the messages at a university conference that featured the U.S. Attorney General.

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