Civil Rights Under Attack
It’s less than 40 years since the end of legal segregation in the United States. But the hard won victories of the 1960’s civil rights movement are at risk today. From Jim Crow to John Ashcroft, the struggle continues. The Bush Administration, led by Attorney General Ashcroft, is wielding broad new powers under the Patriot Act that they claim will help fight terrorism. And they continue to challenge affirmative action policies that have helped increase educational and employment opportunities for racial minorities. But civil rights activists are fighting back on both fronts; in defense of the Constitution and in support of programs that help undo the legacy of segregation.
Recorded at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Assembly.
Julian Bond was the grandson of a slave and an icon of the 1960s civil rights movement. As a Morehouse College student, Bond helped found the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. As its communications director, he was on the front lines of protests that led to the nation’s landmark civil rights laws. He went on to chair the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was professor of history at the University of Virginia and scholar in residence at American University in Washington, DC. He passed away in August 2015.