Millennium Conversation: Standing Our Ground: Civil Rights, Justice and the Law
Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the actual day that the groundbreaking legislation was signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who, upon signing the bill said "…the only limit to a man's hope for happiness, and for the future of his children, shall be his own ability.'
Join Professor Charles Ogletree as he leads a discussion in the beautifully restored African Meeting House on Beacon Hill, where black and white abolitionist giants stood their ground against unequal human rights, unjust laws, and educational discrimination centuries before the modern civil rights movement.
The program will shed new light on the Stand Your Ground law, give the controversial law and Civil Rights milestones important historical context, and offer critical perspectives as to where we are as a nation. Featured:
• Professor Charles Ogletree, moderator
Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and the Founder and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, and Founder and Emeritus Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School
• Michael Curry
President of the NAACP Boston Branch and national board member
• Avi Green
Co-chair of the Scholars Strategy Network Working Group on Protecting and Expanding the Right to Vote
• Mariama White Hammond
Co-founder of Project Hip Hop and the Civil Rights Tour for Greater Boston area youth.
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