Civil Rights

Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

50th Anniversary Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the result of years of efforts and turbulence in America.  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.

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Local News
6:37 am
Tue March 4, 2014

With Charlotte Checked Off, 'Ban The Box' Campaign Will Expand

Nearly all of us have filled out a job application that asks if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime.  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.


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Local News
12:09 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Union Schools Accused Of Discriminating Against Immigrant Youth

Credit Flickr/Seth Sawyers / http://www.flickr.com/photos/sidewalk_flying/4267034867/sizes/l/

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.  The Southern Poverty Law Center along with other groups filed the complaint with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. 


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Soledad O'Brien On 'Black In America' & Documentarian Steve Crump's Series On 1963

Part One: Soledad O'Brien on 'Black in America.' Soledad O'Brien is an award-winning journalist, documentarian and author. You may remember her as an anchor for CNN, she also does work for Al Jazeera, 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 Theatre, Soledad O'Brien joins us to share her story and discuss the challenging and often divisive issues of race, class, opportunity and social change.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Civil Rights Activist Dr. Benjamin Chavis

By all accounts, Dr. Benjamin Chavis 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 UNC 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 Blood Done Sign My Name. Dr. Chavis’ life and career was a focus of the film. Dr. Chavis returns to UNC 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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington

The March on Washington, August 28, 1963

On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of protesters marched to Washington DC to demand their civil rights. Among those activists were Charlotteans 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 50th 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

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Local News
1:58 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Julius Chambers Fondly Remembered, Honored

Julius Chambers' funeral at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
Lisa Miller

Charlotte commemorated a civil rights heavyweight Thursday.  Julius Chambers fought for equality through the courts and argued some of the cases that helped integrate this city’s schools and businesses. 

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.  He died last week.  His funeral was held Thursday.

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Local News
9:45 am
Sun August 4, 2013

Civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers dies at 76

Charlotte civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers has died at age 76. 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. He and his partners won cases that shaped civil rights law, including the Swann versus Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education case on school busing.    Chambers argued eight cases before the US Supreme Court, winning all.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

The Kinseys And The Kinsey Collection

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey

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, Jr. and works by artists Romare Bearden and Henry O. Tanner. Now, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Kinseys 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 Khalil 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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

50 Years Since Desegregation In Charlotte

Marchers on East Trade Street. From The Charlotte Observer article May 21, 1963. Headline: "J.C. Smith Students March Across Town." Observer Photo by James Denning.
Credit From Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, courtesy of Levine Museum.

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 Brookshire. 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.

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