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5 February 2014

The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

For the week of February 9th, 2014

In the 1960’s, the Civil Rights movement invaded America’s living rooms with flickering black and white TV images of peaceful protesters being beaten by police, bitten by dogs and doused with fire hoses unsettled many white Americans. On this week’s Access Minnesota, University of Minnesota African American and African Studies Professor Keith Mayes recalls the struggle for racial equality and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

  • Guest: Keith Mayes, Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota, expert on the African American experience, and the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements
  • Issues: The impact of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; Why the movement took place when it did and why it was so successful; Historical bias towards Martin Luther King Jr.; How the Civil Rights movement evolved after the 1960’s

    Part 1

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    Bonus: Mayes on Hubert Humphrey’s role in the Civil Rights Movement

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    Bonus: Mayes on Barack Obama’s presidency and “post-racial” America

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