18 March 2015

The Legacy of Selma and the Ongoing Struggle for Civil Rights

  • For the week of March 22, 2015
    Keith Mayes, Professor and Chair of the Department of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota, discusses the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama and the recent protests fighting for civil rights

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:15) The significance of Selma in 1965; (4:24) The portrayal of the events in the movie “Selma”; (8:17) The recent protests in Ferguson and the Black Lives Matter movement; (10:47) Similarities and differences between the civil rights protests and the protests of today

  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:19) The Department of Justice’s report on the Ferguson police department; (3:04) The fraught relationship between police and the African American community; (4:48) Why Minneapolis was chosen for a DOJ pilot program to ease racial bias; (6:28) How the justice system can improve for African Americans; (7:45) The court case against the Black Lives Matter protesters at Mall of America; (9:27) Protesting on private property during the civil rights era; (10:59) How Professor Mayes’s students are responding to the Black Lives Matter movement