Civil Rights

BookMark: "Lucretia Mott's Heresy" By Carol Faulkner

Jan 23, 2020

“Lucretia Mott’s Heresy: Abolition and Women’s Rights in 19th Century America” is a delicious history. The book draws heavily from the letters of Lucretia Mott, which gives the reader the voice of this fiery opponent of slavery and promoter of women’s rights.

The Human Rights Campaign released its annual Municipal Equality Index in State College Tuesday. State College is among the 88 cities nationwide that achieved a full score.
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More cities are becoming increasingly inclusive when it comes to LGBTQ rights, according to the Human Rights Campaign, which released its eighth annual Municipal Equality Index in State College Tuesday.

The Human Rights Campaign said the index is meant to encourage the creation of non-discrimination laws nationwide. The organization said 88 cities or municipalities in the country scored the maximum of 100 points on its index this year, up from 78 the year before.

Joyce Ladner
Joyce Ladner

Dr. Joyce Ladner was at the forefront of fighting for civil rights in Mississippi. She talked about racial inequality, voter suppression and what she makes of today’s social movements.

This interview is from the Democracy Works podcast, a collaboration between WPSU and the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State. Our guest host for today’s interview is the McCourtney Institute's Jenna Spinelle.

Srdja Popovic is an activist and author of the book “Blueprint for Revolution: how to use rice pudding, Lego men, and other non-violent techniques to galvanise communities, overthrow dictators, or simply change the world.” Popovic was a founder of the student movement “Otpor!” or “Resistance!” The movement helped oust the Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic, who was later charged with war crimes. Popovic served in the Serbian parliament and in 2003 founded Canvas, a nonprofit focused on teaching the use of nonviolence to promote human rights and democracy.

Harris Wofford, Former Pennsylvania Senator, Dies At 92

Jan 22, 2019
Nanette Kardaszeski / Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania, a civil rights activist who staged an upset Senate win in 1991, has died. He was 92.
Wofford died late Monday night of complications from a fall in his Washington, D.C., apartment, his son, Daniel Wofford, said.
Wofford had joined the Senate in 1991, appointed to fill the Senate vacancy created by the death of Republican John Heinz. He then pulled off a surprise victory in a special election to complete the Senate term. But Wofford lost his 1994 bid for a full term.

The Juneteenth event will be held at State College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza.
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The Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in downtown State College opened on Monday. The plaza will celebrate King’s legacy as a leader of the American civil rights movement. The community took the chance to reflect on the fight for peace and equality.

Fifty-four years after Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, Charles Dumas, Professor Emeritus at Penn State, read those words during the opening ceremony of the Plaza dedicated to King in downtown State College.

On Sept. 15, 1963, a bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  Five girls were preparing for worship in the church basement; four were killed by the blast, but the fifth girl survived.  Her name is Sarah Collins Rudolph.  We talked with her about her physical and emotional scars, and about why her story is often overlooked in the larger discussions about the bombing and its role in energizing the Civil Rights Movement.  

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This year marks the 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration at Penn State, University Park.  One of the events on Monday, January 19th ,will be a replaying of the audio of a speech King gave at Penn State 50 years ago.  

 Bob Zellner’s story starts about as far as you can get from where it ended up. Born in lower Alabama, his father, uncles and grandfather were robe-wearing members of the Ku Klux Klan. In his inspirational memoir, "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement,” he chronicles his journey to become one of the first white southerners in the early civil rights movement

Centre County Issues Gay Marriage Licenses

May 21, 2014

After a flood of complaints, the Register of Wills' office in Centre County is issuing gay marriage licenses.