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This week we focus on the postwar civil rights movement. In the Lecture, Professor Mayer traces the movement(s) from the Brown decision through to the March on Washington, with extra focus on the movement in the Northwest.

Maps & Cityscapes presents a 1961 map of the freedom rides through the South, and resources on the Seattle Open Housing movement. Tribal Perspectives focuses on Indian legal fights for their tribal hunting and fishing rights, including the 1974 Boldt Decision.

People and the Humanities the Seattle-based black Communist activist Hutchen R. Hutchins and his battle against Boeing, images of Indians in popular culture and Sinclair Lewis’ novel Kingsblood Royal. The Research section presents our top reading and viewing picks for this topic.

Assignment suggestions for this week’s content include:

  • How did participation in WWII lead to or encourage the civil rights movement?
  • Can civil rights be considered a single movement? Why or why not?
  • How did the movement(s) maintain their unification under Martin Luther King and why did they eventually split? What were the consequences of this split?
  • Recently Hillary Clinton caused a controversy by stating that the civil rights movement needed the President to enact its goals. Why did this comment cause a negative reaction? Could desegregation have been achieved without the direct order of the executive?

Martin Luther King,Jr. leads march to Lincoln Memorial.

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., 08/28/1963

Martin Luther King Jr. from the steps of the
Lincoln Memorial

Images from National Archives

Link to Martin Luther King, Jr.,, "I Have a Dream" speech.
Video, audio and text provided.
American Rhetoric, top 100 speeches.