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  • Race In America
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    Race In America

    April Ryan moderated a panel discussion on race in America with Mary Frances Berry, author of Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich; Avis Jones-DeWeever, author of How Exceptional Black Women…

  • April Ryan Hosts Discussion on Race Relations in America
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    Race Relations in America

    April Ryan moderated a discussion on race relations in America. She was joined in conversation by Joy-Ann Reid, author of Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide; Mary Frances…

  • After Words with Mary Frances Berry
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    After Words with Mary Frances Berry

    Mary Frances Berry talked about her book Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy, in which she looks at illegal voting practices. She was…

  • Congress Honors Nelson Mandela
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    Congressional Ceremony to Honor Nelson Mandela

    Congressional leaders celebrated the life of Nelson Mandela on the occasion of the South African leader’s 95th birthday. Speakers read quotes from his public life. House Speaker John Boehner said talking about Mandela was like…

  • Social Justice Issues
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    Social Justice Issues

    The AFL-CIO and King Center hosted a symposium focusing on jobs, social justice and Martin Luther King vision of the American dream. This portion of the event involved a panel discussion on…

  • The 14th Amendment and Race
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    The 14th Amendment and Race

    Civil rights scholars and leaders talked about the historical significance of the 14th Amendment and recent proposals to repeal it. They also responded to questions from the audience. This…

  • Reading of the US Constitution
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    Reading of the U.S. Constitution

    In celebration of Constitution Day, dignitaries and faculty and students of Georgetown University participate in a dramatic reading of the U.S. Constitution, which was signed on September…

  • emAnd Justice for Allem
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    And Justice for All

    Mary Frances Berry talked about her book And Justice for All: The United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Continuing Struggle for Freedom in America (Knopf January 20, 2009). She…

  • The Conservative Movement and Civil Rights During the Reagan Years
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    The Conservative Movement and Civil Rights During the Reagan Years

    Civil rights activist Mary Frances Berry talked about the history of civil rights and changes in American views on race in light of the election of President Obama. Professor Berry served on the U.S. Commission on Civil…

  • The Enduring Legacy of Slavery
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    The Enduring Legacy of Slavery

    Moderated by Professor Blight, a panel of black scholars from history, law, linguistics, and business discussed the nature of historical justice in regard to slavery in the United States and how…

  • Voting and Election Reform
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    Voting and Election Reform

    Witnesses testified before the commission on election reform. They spoke about efforts to reduce or eliminate barriers confronting voters. They addressed problems with absentee ballots, the…

  • Reflections on Public Service Careers
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    Reflections on Public Service Careers

    As part of a C-SPAN and Comcast project to encourage dialog between students and national leaders, Ms. Berry spoke to high school students about the value of public service and her…

  • Civil Rights Act 40th Anniversary Commemoration
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    Civil Rights Act 40th Anniversary Commemoration

    The ceremony was held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the site of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Historical Marker. Speakers addressed the history of the civil rights movement, the…

  • 2004 Elections and Civil Rights
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    2004 Elections and Civil Rights

    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights heard testimony regarding preparations for the 2004 election. Among the specific topics addressed were new voting systems, voter identification…

  • Clark Campaign Event
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    Clark Campaign Event

    Mrs. Clark and others addressed Clark supporters at a Florence restaurant. Their remarks focused on their reasons for supporting retired General Clark, stressing his service to his country,…

  • Civil Rights Issues
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    Civil Rights Issues

    Commissioners debated a proposed appointment to the commission by President Bush. At issue was the length of commissioners' terms and an on-going dispute over Commissioner Wilson’s tenure…

  • Florida Election Investigation
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    Florida Election Investigation

    Commissioners discussed finding of their investigation into voting practices in Florida during the 200 elections. The report was critical of Florida election officials, noting that many…

  • Equal Opportunity in Education
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    Equal Opportunity in Education

    Commissioners heard testimony about how various education programs would impact equal opportunity. They discussed voucher programs and high-stakes testing. They also addressed the final…

  • Florida Vote Irregularities
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    Florida Vote Irregularities

    Commissioners addressed commission business, including their probe of alleged voting irregularities in Florida and preliminary findings from the investigations. They also debated uniform…

  • Florida Voting Irregularities
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    Florida Voting Irregularities

    Chairman Berry talked about the commission’s preliminary findings and the report on its investigation into alleged voting irregularities in Florida. She also responded to audience telephone…

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