Civil Rights http://wfae.org en 50th Anniversary Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 http://wfae.org/post/50th-anniversary-civil-rights-act-1964 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">50</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the result of years of efforts and turbulence in America.&nbsp; Freedom rides, sit-ins, and open racism in education and employment were commonplace. The success of the act was the bipartisan work of many now- iconic American figures, including two presidents. We’ll hear the dramatic details about the effort to ensure freedom for all.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 53794 at http://wfae.org 50th Anniversary Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 With Charlotte Checked Off, 'Ban The Box' Campaign Will Expand http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-checked-ban-box-campaign-will-expand <p>Nearly all of us have filled out a job application that asks if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime.&nbsp; Check the box yes, and you need to explain yourself. Well, that’s now a thing of the past for most potential city of Charlotte employees. City Manager Ron Carlee has decided to “ban the box.” We were joined this morning by the man who got this movement started in Charlotte a couple years ago. He’s Jason Huber, a law professor at the Charlotte School of Law, where he heads the school’s Civil Rights Clinic.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:37:53 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 46210 at http://wfae.org With Charlotte Checked Off, 'Ban The Box' Campaign Will Expand Union Schools Accused Of Discriminating Against Immigrant Youth http://wfae.org/post/union-schools-accused-discriminating-against-immigrant-youth <p>Union County is one of two North Carolina school districts accused of making it difficult for youth who are in the country illegally to enroll.&nbsp; The Southern Poverty Law Center along with other groups filed <a href="http://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/doj_complaint_-_letter_to_nc_dpi_and_board_of_education.pdf">the complaint</a> with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:09:00 +0000 Lisa Miller 45364 at http://wfae.org Union Schools Accused Of Discriminating Against Immigrant Youth Soledad O'Brien On 'Black In America' & Documentarian Steve Crump's Series On 1963 http://wfae.org/post/soledad-obrien-black-america-documentarian-steve-crumps-series-1963 <strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Part One: Soledad O'Brien on 'Black in America.' </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Soledad O'Brien is an award-winning journalist, </span>documentarian<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and author. You may remember her as an anchor for CNN, she also does work for Al </span>Jazeera<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, HBO and National Geographic. She is responsible for CNN's 'Black in America' documentary series, which is intended to be a conversation starter about race in America. Now she's taking that conversation on the road in the form of a town hall and she's bringing it to Charlotte. As a person of mixed race, with a black Afro-Cuban mother and white Australian father of Irish descent, she has faced complicated questions about race herself, on camera and off. She has often had to answer questions like, "what are you?" Ahead of her 'Black in America Town Hall' tonight at Knight </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Soledad O'Brien joins us to share her story and discuss the challenging and often divisive issues of race, class, opportunity and social change.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 05:00:00 +0000 45233 at http://wfae.org Soledad O'Brien On 'Black In America' & Documentarian Steve Crump's Series On 1963 Civil Rights Activist Dr. Benjamin Chavis http://wfae.org/post/civil-rights-activist-dr-benjamin-chavis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By all accounts, Dr. Benjamin </span>Chavis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a North Carolina legacy. The civil rights leader was not only on the forefront of civil rights protests in the state as a student at </span>UNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Charlotte but he went on to serve in national leadership roles for the NAACP, the Million Man March and more. In 2010 a major feature film was made in North Carolina titled </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Blood Done Sign My Name</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Dr. </span>Chavis’<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> life and career was a focus of the film. Dr. </span>Chavis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> returns to </span>UNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Charlotte for a slate of events, including a screening of the film. He’ll share highlights of his career and discuss civil rights in our time.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 05:00:00 +0000 45089 at http://wfae.org Civil Rights Activist Dr. Benjamin Chavis 50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington http://wfae.org/post/50th-anniversary-march-washington <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of protesters marched to Washington DC to demand their civil rights. Among those activists were </span>Charlotteans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> who sought justice. They were there to hear Dr. Martin Luther King deliver his 'I have a dream' speech. It would become one of the most famous speeches in American history. On this </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of the March on Washington, we visit with our own historic activists. They will relive those events of long ago and share with us their continued vision for civil rights in America, when Charlotte Talks</span></p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 34133 at http://wfae.org 50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington Julius Chambers Fondly Remembered, Honored http://wfae.org/post/julius-chambers-fondly-remembered-honored <div><p>Charlotte commemorated a civil rights heavyweight Thursday.&nbsp; Julius Chambers fought for equality through the courts and argued some of the cases that helped integrate this city’s schools and businesses.&nbsp;</p><p>He had a lot of hatred directed at him as an African American challenging prejudice, but he never let that make him bitter. Instead, Chambers set up North Carolina’s first law firm to employ both black and white lawyers, partly to serve as an example of the integration he fought for.&nbsp; He died last week.&nbsp; His funeral was held Thursday.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 05:58:58 +0000 Lisa Miller 32968 at http://wfae.org Julius Chambers Fondly Remembered, Honored Civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers dies at 76 http://wfae.org/post/civil-rights-lawyer-julius-chambers-dies-76 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers<a href="http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/charlotte/obituary.aspx?n=julius-chambers&amp;pid=166200817" target="_blank"> has died at age 76</a>. Chambers' law firm said he died Friday after months of declining health. In 1964, Chambers opened a law practice that became the state's first integrated law firm. Sun, 04 Aug 2013 13:45:37 +0000 David Boraks 32652 at http://wfae.org The Kinseys And The Kinsey Collection http://wfae.org/post/kinseys-and-kinsey-collection <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are more than just art collectors. They own one of the largest and most diverse private collections of African American artifacts and artwork in the world. Their wide-ranging collection examines 400 years of the African-American experience from nineteenth-century slave documents and an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation to letters written by Dr. Martin Luther King, </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. and works by artists </span>Romare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Bearden<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Henry O. Tanner. Now, in honor of the </span>150th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the </span>Kinseys<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have brought their passion for art and history to Charlotte where their collection will be on exhibition at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. We'll talk with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey and their son </span>Khalil<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about their collection, their philanthropic vision and what they hope new generations will learn from four centuries of African American art, history and culture, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000 30213 at http://wfae.org The Kinseys And The Kinsey Collection 50 Years Since Desegregation In Charlotte http://wfae.org/post/50-years-desegregation-charlotte <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fifty years ago, a Charlotte Civil Rights activist led a march through Charlotte to call for desegregation in the city. That march triggered an "eat-in" at Charlotte restaurants with African American leaders, led by then Mayor Stan </span>Brookshire<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. That action in Charlotte helped set the stage for the nation's 1964 Civil Rights Act. Fifty years after that action, we'll gather with historians as well as people who were there to talk about those historic events, how Charlotte has progressed since, and where we still need to go to fully achieve desegregation in Charlotte, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 04:00:00 +0000 27518 at http://wfae.org 50 Years Since Desegregation In Charlotte