Civil Rights Movement

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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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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Local News
9:06 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Hundreds Honor Franklin McCain's Legacy At Funeral

The funeral for civil rights pioneer Franklin McCain was held at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Friday afternoon.
Tasnim Shamma

Friends, family, university presidents and politicians gathered for the funeral of civil rights pioneer Franklin McCain Friday afternoon at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.  McCain was one of four African-American college students who sat down at an all-white lunch counter in Greensboro in 1960 that helped spur sit-ins across the country.

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Local News
10:32 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Charlotte's Franklin McCain, One Of The Greensboro Four, Remembered At NC A&T

Close to 1,000 people celebrated the life of Franklin Eugene McCain inside of Harrison Auditorium on the North Carolina A&T campus.
Credit Jeff Tiberii / NC Public Radio

The funeral for civil rights pioneer Franklin McCain is Friday in Charlotte. McCain was one the four teenagers who sat down at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro on February 1st, 1960. Yesterday, close to 1,000 people turned out to his alma matter North Carolina A&T State University to remember him. Jeff Tiberii of North Carolina Public Radio was there and filed this report.

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