Civil Rights History PRRAC is committed to promoting a deeper public understanding of our country’s history of racial oppression, and the ways in which that history is embedded in and perpetuated by current institutions and practices. At the same time, an appreciation of the history of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-twentieth century can be an inspiration to current activists, as we see echoes and reflections of our work in present day justice movements. Fifty Years of "The People v. HUD": A HUD 50th Anniversary Timeline of Significant Civil Rights Lawsuits and HUD Fair Housing Advances (April 2017)
Slideshow: HUD 50th Anniversary Timeline (April 2017)
Recent Civil Rights History Articles From Poverty & Race
Other Teaching Resources
- Chicago 1966: The Chicago Freedom Movement (an interactive chronology and collection of resources)
- Excerpt from "Race: The Power of an Illusion, Part 3 –The House We Live In" (California Newsreel, 2003)
- “Historical Shift from Explicit to Implicit Policies Affecting Housing Segregation in Eastern Massachusetts” – An excellent web-based history lesson from the Boston Fair Housing Center on the history of housing segregation in Eastern Massachusetts (June 2015)
- “Public Housing: Persisting Conundrums,” by Alexander Polikoff (delivered at the “Know Your Chicago Symposium,” Jenner & Block, September 10, 2014)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights: Relevancy for Today: A 38-page curriculum for grades 3–12 provides grade-specific lessons, resources, and extension activities examining civil rights in the United States – past and present.
- “Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching” (a resource guide from PRRAC and Teaching for Change) We are co-publishers, with Teaching for Change, of this award-winning 500+ page civil rights teaching guide, which stresses the contributions of rank and file activists, and the relation of the Civil Rights Movement to contemporary organizing struggles. The goal is to help empower students and to connect the Movement with present day issues in their communities.
- Syllabus: “African American Struggles for Freedom and Civil Rights, 1865-1965” (2011 NEH Institute for College Teachers, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University)
- “Harvard Trains College Teachers on Black History” (Huffington Post, July 2011)
- Aspects of the Civil Rights Movement – a law school syllabus developed by Florence Roisman
- A Freedom Budget for All Americans (1967)
ReparationsPRRAC periodically surveys current initiatives on reparations – proposed compensation for past racist policies and actions. These summaries are compiled here: Part 1 covers reparations listings from Poverty & Race from 1994-1999, and Part 2 covers 2000 to 2008.