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D7. The Civil Rights Movement: 1954-1965 (Sullivan)

  • 03/27/2019
  • 04/24/2019
  • 5 sessions
  • 03/27/2019, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 04/03/2019, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 04/10/2019, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 04/17/2019, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 04/24/2019, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • The Willows, Great Room, 101 Barry Road, Worcester 01609
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This course will examine the “Movement” through a combination of class lecture and emphasis upon documentary film.  Significant period writings will also be utilized.  Topics include: Brown vs. The Board of Education; the murder of Emmett Till, Rosa Parks and the bus boycott; segregation in schools; Nashville, TN.-a segregated city; the Freedom Rides; events in Birmingham; the March on Washington; Freedom Summer; Selma; Voting Rights Act; and the Watts explosion.


GROUP LEADER:  Leo Sullivan is a veteran WISE presenter having previously taught several courses on 20th Century American history topics.  His main area of interest and focus is the post-WW II period, 1945-1975.  He has an MA in American History from Notre Dame and is a retired school superintendent.

REQUIRED BOOK:  Voices in Our Blood, ed. By Jon Meacham, Random House Paperback, 2003.  ISBN 11-375-75881

REQUIRED READING:  Prior to the first class, read selections on pages 13-32, 75-104 and 167-202


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