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Fifty Years Ago, Civil Rights Demonstrators Attacked by Police and State Troopers

Blog post regarding Selma and the American Civil Rights movement 50 years on. Fifty years ago, on March 7, 1965, civil rights demonstrators, as part of a major voting rights campaign in Selma, Alabama, attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in protest of discriminatory practices that prevented them from registering to vote. Written by Daniel Lewis, ProQuest Product Manager, and posted on March 4, 2015.

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04 Mar 2015

The Most-Missed Lost Oscar

This morning, 24 newly-crowned Academy Award winners are waking up – or emerging from chic after show parties – and every one of them will hope they remember the whereabouts of their much-prized Oscar statuette. If, for whatever reason, they have mislaid their award in the last few hours (or are fated to do so in the years to come), then they will be in illustrious company.

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23 Feb 2015

Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Bob Moses and the SNCC in Mississippi

Blog post regarding Moses’ proposal for Freedom Summer, which led to one of the most important initiatives of the civil rights movement. Moses helped cultivate local leaders in Mississippi and squarely focused attention on the deep-seated racial injustice and violence in Mississippi. Written by Daniel Lewis, ProQuest Product Manager and posted on February 16, 2015.

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16 Feb 2015

Black History Month: Celebrating Rosa Parks Day, 2015

Most people are familiar with Rosa Parks from her refusal to give up her seat to a white person on a city bus in 1955, which ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott. But did you know she was also an active member in the NAACP?

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04 Feb 2015

How Martin Luther King, Jr. Day became a National Holiday

In 1982, the Committee on the Post Office and Civil Service in the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on “Proposals for Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday.”

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19 Jan 2015

“Fifty Long Years since the Long, Hot Summer: Remembering and Reflecting on 1964”

As always, attendance at the Southern Historical Association proved to be a great learning experience for us and a great opportunity to connect with our customers.

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21 Nov 2014

Advancing the Cause of Race Pride and Freedom

On August 28, 1969, the Department of Justice (DOJ) distributed a memo about Robert F. Williams. The memo concludes: “Williams has been a powerful and influential, if behind-the-scenes, figure in the most powerful of the black militant groups in this country; and it would seem that he may well be emerging as the over-all acknowledged Black Militant leader of the future.”

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14 Nov 2014

ProQuest Boosts Study of American Civil Rights Movement by Digitizing SNCC and CORE Papers

Newly available organizational records and personal papers offer unique and varied perspectives on the 20th century fight for freedom.

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05 Nov 2014

National Civil Rights Museum Captures the Story of the Black Freedom Struggle

The National Civil Rights Museum brings the movement to life for all of its visitors, even as the memory of King’s death and the Black Freedom struggle lingers.

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14 Oct 2014

1,000 Scholars Gather in Memphis for the 99th Meeting of the Association for the Study of African American History

The energy in the air was nearly palpable as members from around the world descended on the famed Peabody Hotel last week as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) met to share their research and collaborate on issues related to the organization’s mission “to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.”

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06 Oct 2014