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APSU hosting American Civil Rights documentaries and forums this September

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – This September, Austin Peay State University’s Felix G. Woodward Library and APSU’s Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center will host four documentaries on the history of civil rights in America.

The films are part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle initiative.

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21st Century Effects of Discrimination: Do We Still Need Anti-Discrimination Laws?

 

Refuse ServiceDiscrimination ain’t what it used to be. That’s a good thing! Discrimination, especially discrimination based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, etc, used to be prevalent and potent. Since 1964, however, the United States has made huge strides in promoting equality under its laws and a more culturally tolerant society. Again, that is a very good thing!

The pendulum of intolerance, however, has begun to swing back toward people who have sincere religious beliefs that certain lifestyles are immoral. It is rapidly becoming a faux pas to pass any kind of moral judgment on any decision anyone makes with respect to how they live their lives, especially in the realm of personal relationships. «Read the rest of this article»

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Martin Luther King JrWashington, D.C. – The nation’s response to Brown was agonizingly slow, and neither state legislatures nor the Congress seemed willing to help their cause along as far as black Americans were concerned.

President John F. Kennedy recognized that to secure equal protection of the laws for African Americans it would take a strong civil rights bill would put teeth into the drive to secure equal protection.

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Important Uninsured Motorists Legislation Clears Criminal Committee of Tennessee House

 

State Comptroller encourages citizens to report fraud, waste, or abuse

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts’ (D-Clarksville) House Bill 0431 (Senate Bill 0251), which would enhance the penalty from a Class C misdemeanor (punishable by a $100.00 fine) to a Class A misdemeanor (punishable by up to 11 months 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500) when the offender is at fault for an accident resulting in bodily injury or death due to criminal negligence passed the House Criminal Full Committee.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brewster and Amber Tuchscherer (3 of the 4 people injured by the uninsured motorist) attended the committee meeting and have vowed to continue to attend all committee meetings until this legislation is sent to the Governor for his signature. «Read the rest of this article»

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Martin Luther King Jr. remembered

 

2013 is the 50th Anniversary of his “I have A Dream” Speech, and is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Martin Luther King JrWashington, D.C. – As far as black Americans were concerned, the nation’s response to Brown was agonizingly slow, and neither state legislatures nor the Congress seemed willing to help their cause along.

Finally, President John F. Kennedy recognized that only a strong civil rights bill would put teeth into the drive to secure equal protection of the laws for African Americans.

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Fort Campbell Town Hall Meeting with Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez

 

Perez pledges to fight for Troops’ Rights

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) met Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez at a special town hall meeting here May 17th, 2012.

Perez was joined by U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky David J. Hale; United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Jerry E. Martin; Karen Stevens from the policy and strategy section of the Civil Rights Division; and Chief of Employment Delora Kennebrew from the litigation section of the Civil Rights Division. «Read the rest of this article»

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The Beehive Musical has Clarksville abuzz about the Roxy Regional Theatre

 

BEEHIVE: The '60s Musical SensationRoxy Regional TheatreClarksville, TN – As I stood in the Roxy Regional Theatre watching Brianna Hertzberg, Troy Jackson, Kendall Anne Thompson, Jenae Thompson, and Heather Anderson performing in the opening number of their production of  Beehive: The ’60s Musical Sensation all I could think of was WOW!

This engrossing musical captures you from the get-go, and doesn’t let you go until the final curtain comes down ending the show. Older adults will find the musical a trip down memory lane, while the younger crowd will get an amazing introduction to the music that shaped a generation.

The musical follows a group of young women as they experience the social and cultural growth that was the 1960′s.The songs and the singers start out somewhat shallow and cheerful, however the singers and their songs grow in depth, complexity, and social awareness as the events of that tumultuous decade unfold.

Beehive: The ’60s Musical Sensation now playing at the Roxy

Beehive: The ’60s Musical Sensation now playing at the Roxy

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APSU to present one-woman play, ‘Warriors Don’t Cry’

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University will present a play next week about the experiences of one woman during desegregation efforts.

The one-woman play, “Warriors Don’t Cry,” will be performed at 7:00pm, Tuesday, March 1st in Clement Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The play depicts the experiences of Melba Pattilo Beals, one of the “Little Rock Nine,” and the civil rights battle that erupted to integrate schools in Little Rock, AR. «Read the rest of this article»

 

National Civil Rights Museum Celebrates 20 years

 

Connecting People and History

National Civil Rights MuseumMemphis, TN – In September 1991 the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN added another page in civil rights history. The historic site where Civil Rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968 opened its doors as the National Civil Rights Museum.

Twenty years and over 3 million visitors later, the Museum continues to fulfill its mission of educating and inspiring the masses who visit to see America’s Civil Rights history documented in the 36,000 square feet of exhibit space. To celebrate the Museum’s twenty years of Connecting People and History the Museum is launching several campaigns and special events:

Lorraine Motel - National Civil Rights Museum

Lorraine Motel - National Civil Rights Museum

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Passing of Civil Rights Stalwart & NAACP Executive Director Emeritus Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks

 

It is with deepest sympathy and regret that we pause to acknowledge the passing of Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks, a great lion and trail blazer of civil rights and social justice. Dr. Hooks a “golden throated warrior and silver tongue orator of the gospel”, slipped quietly away this morning in Memphis, Tennessee with his faithful wife Mrs. Francis Dancy Hooks and daughter, Pat at his side.

Dr. Hooks served as head of the National Association for the Advancement from 1977 to 1992. Under his leadership, the Association was retooled to partner with corporate American and expand the member based programs.

Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks (January 31, 1925 – April 15, 2010)

Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks (January 31, 1925 – April 15, 2010)

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