Tag Archives: Civil rights

Civil Rights Items in the Collection

To celebrate Black History Month we have gathered many materials from the collection including biographies, historical event books and documentaries. When searching through the online library catalog, the subject heading “African American Civil Rights History” is the most commonly assigned … Continue reading

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On this day in history: Thurgood Marshall

On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African-American justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. By the time of his swearing-in, Marshall was already a towering figure in the national spotlight because of his long … Continue reading

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New Book: Showdown!

In this new biography Showdown: How Thurgood Marshall’s 1967 Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings Changed America, award-winning author Wil Haygood details the life and career of Justice Thurgood Marshall one of the nation’s most significant legal figures of the past one hundred years. … Continue reading

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): 25th Anniversary

This Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the world’s “first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities.” The law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and guarantees them “equal opportunity … Continue reading

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 : 50 Years Ago Today

Fifty years ago, today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction – what we know as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, or … Continue reading

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JFK’s Georgia Connections – Resources for Discovery

As we observed the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy, this week, we’ve also had an opportunity to reflect on the late president’s personal and political life, including the many connections he had with our state. If … Continue reading

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Scottsboro Pardons Granted

The State of Alabama granted posthumous pardons yesterday to Charles Weems, Andy Wright and Haywood Patterson. These men were among nine youths falsely accused of gang-raping two white women aboard a freight train in 1931 and convicted by all-white juries in the … Continue reading

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