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Keeping Faith with a Legacy of Justice: The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

August 28, 2013
50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs, along with campus and community partners, presents a year-long effort to ask figures in public life to reflect on progress achieved and challenges ahead in the 50th anniversary year of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In this series, entitled Keeping Faith with a Legacy of Justice: The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Humphrey School is welcoming some twenty individuals from a broad range of perspectives through July 2014. More so than any single law, this legislation was responsible for hastening the demise of de jure segregation in many parts of the country. No U.S. lawmaker was more responsible for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than the Humphrey School’s namesake, Hubert H. Humphrey, and he regarded its passage as a crowning achievement of his political career. 

"I Have A Dream" 50 Years Later: The Anniversary of 1963 March on Washington
August 28, 2013, 7 p.m.
The Humphrey School and the African American Leadership Forum mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" Speech. Through remembrances and conversation with the audience, guests reflect on the 1963 March on Washington, progress over the past 50 years, and challenges ahead. Our guests included civil rights leader Dr. Josie Johnson, Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, director of the Community Justice Project, St. Thomas University, Vice President Walter Mondale, Samuel Myers, Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice, the Rev. Rolland Robinson, Taylors Fall Methodist Church, and Sharon Sayles Belton, former mayor of Minneapolis. Watch video (link).

Martin Luther King's Dream—Where Are We Now?
January 23, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, civil rights attorney and director of the Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas School of Law; and local activists and change agents involved in key civil rights and social justice efforts, participate in a community conversation reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision and goals, and explore where we stand now. Watch the video.

Lincoln D. Chafee, Governor of Rhode Island
March 12, 2014, 5 p.m. 
Since his gubernatorial election in 2010, Governor Chafee has focused on access to education, workforce development, marriage equality, health care reform, the environment, and infrastructure. He was also deeply engaged in these and related issues as a U.S. Senator, prior to his election as governor. Governor Chafee reflected on lessons learned as a member of the Senate and as a mayor in Rhode Island, emphasizing the role of economic justice and equality in realizing a contemporary vision of civil rights for all Americans.

Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State (2005–2009)
The Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series
April 17, 2014, 5 p.m., Northrop Memorial Auditorium, University of Minnesota

Dr. Condoleezza Rice shares her perspectives on the progress achieved and challenges ahead in efforts to promote civil rights for all Americans. Dr. Rice, who served as Secretary of State and National Security Advisor during the Administration of George W. Bush, grew up in the racially segregated south during the 1950s and 1960s, and has reflected in published work and public presentations on her experiences, and on current issues impacting civil rights. A number of published accounts also indicate that, while in office, she engaged with President Bush and other administration officials on civil rights related policy issues. Dr. Rice returns to Minnesota after serving last year as the keynote speaker at the Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Law Day Dinner. Watch the video.

Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP
Film Premiere—A South Hill Films Production
May 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Tedd Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota
Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP tells the dramatic story of Thurgood Marshall's remarkable journey through war and depression in the Jim Crow south, as he set the stage for the 1954 Brown v Board of Education Supreme Court Decision to desegregate America's public schools. Marshall argued and won more Supreme Court cases than any lawyer in American history. Described by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan as "the greatest lawyer of the 20th Century", Marshall became America's first African-American Supreme Court Justice in 1967. Juan Williams will offer remarks prior to the film debut and a question-and-answer discussion with cast and experts will follow. Williams is the author of The New York Times best seller, Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary and Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. He is currently a political analyst for Fox News and a columnist for The Hill. 

Minneapolis Public Schools Social Justice Fellows Program Closing Ceremony
Thursday, May 29, 2014 
This semester, 40 sophomores and juniors from across Minneapolis Public Schools participated in a pilot fellows program, Race, Law and Public Policy: Then and Now designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and to develop a cadre of future social justice leaders. The program—presented in partnership with the Humphrey School and the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice—includes seminars taught by University of Minnesota professors including Dr. Samuel Myers, chair of the Roy Wilkins Center, community leaders, and MPS staff; a civil rights research tour of historical sites in the South; and visits to colleges and universities in Alabama and Georgia. 

12th Annual Humphrey Public Leadership Awards
June 25, 2014, McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota
In honor of the Humphrey School’s namesake and Minnesota’s most famous public servant—Hubert H. Humphrey, this year’s Public Leadership Awards honor individuals who have contributed to the common good through leadership and service. This year’s recipients are remarkable individuals and institutions that have taken extraordinary measures to advance civil rights. They include: 

Vernon Jordan, Jr. 
Former President and CEO of the National Urban League, former executive director of the United Negro College Fund, lawyer, business leader, civil rights activist, and political adviser.

General Mills
Socially responsible company committed to "nourishing lives" through health, communities, and the environment.

Howard Baker, Jr.
Former Senate Majority Leader, United States Senator from Tennessee, White House Chief of Staff during the Reagan Administration, and a former U.S. Ambassador to Japan. 

Chandra Smith Baker
President and CEO, Pillsbury United Communities

Sherri Knuth
Policy and outreach manager, League of Women Voters Minnesota 

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