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    Attorney General's Office

    President Kennedy appointed his 35-year old brother Robert Francis Kennedy as the attorney general of the United States. The close working relationship of John and Robert Kennedy was one of the most unusual and successful in the history of American public life. When Robert Kennedy became attorney general, the civil rights struggle was entering a...

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    Art as a Civic Language

    Topic: Civil Rights, Art Throughout history, the experiences of those who have struggled against oppression have been interpreted by artists through various media. These works of art can aid historical understanding, heighten historical empathy and enhance critical thinking skills. In this lesson, students examine a painting to explore the experien...

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    Tape Reveals JFK's Frustration on Civil Rights Progress (January 17, 2005)
    0/17/2005

    Boston, MA – As the nation reflects on the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library made available for research a tape recording of a 30-minute White House meeting that took place on May 4, 1963 during which President Kennedy comments on the nation’s civil rights struggle.

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    The Presidency and Civil Rights - Truman and Eisenhower
    2/20/2012

    Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine and two historians, David Nichols and Carol Anderson, discuss President Truman's decision to desegregate the Armed Forces and President Eisenhower's handling of the crisis at Little Rock High School with moderator Callie Crossley. This conference examined key moments in the civil rights movement during five A...

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    The Presidency and Civil Rights - Kennedy and Johnson
    2/20/2012

    Journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, who was the first African American to attend the University of Georgia, will discuss the struggle for civil rights in the early 1960's with Harvard historian Kenneth Mack, and Roger Wilkins and Harris Wofford who worked with and for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. This conference examined key moments in the civ...

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    The Presidency and Civil Rights - Civil Rights: Then and Now
    2/20/2012

    Ray Suarez, Allida Black, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and Roger Wilkins discuss how the lessons learned from the civil rights movement 50 years ago inform the struggle for equal rights today and examine more recent landmarks including the Equal Rights Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", gay marriage, and immigra...

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    The Presidency and Civil Rights - Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt
    2/20/2012

    Historian Allida Black opened the conference by examining how civil rights issues were handled in the Roosevelt administration and the Roosevelts' role in the watershed event that featured Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial. This conference examined key moments in the civil rights movement during five American presidencies – from Ro...

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