civil rights

Arts & Culture
5:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

"Eve of Destruction" Chronicles Unrest Of The 1960’s

Fifty years ago Thursday President Lyndon Johnson lit the National Christmas Tree and said quote, ``These are the most hopeful times in all the years since Christ was born in Bethlehem.’’ Those words would come back to haunt him. It’s documented in a book by former Brown University professor James Patterson, Eve of Destruction.

Despite the assassination of President Kennedy a year earlier, Americans were prosperous and optimistic. But in Just a few months, that would all start to erode.

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RI News
8:44 am
Fri November 7, 2014

City Of Providence Drops Lawsuit Against Santander Bank

Attorney John Relman and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras at a press conference in May announcing the lawsuit against Santander.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Providence has dropped its lawsuit against the bank Santander. The suit filed back in May claimed the bank deliberately limited lending in minority neighborhoods while expanding lending in white ones.

At the time, lawyers called the bank’s lending practices a civil rights issue. Less than six months later, they settled. Santander will make $1.3 million in grants going to the Providence Community Library, arts organization AS220, and a non-profit that will help low-income residents secure a mortgage.

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Education
6:00 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Salve Regina Students' Alternative Spring Break: Civil Rights Tour

About 20 Salve Regina students will be doing something different on their spring break this year. They will be taking a civil rights bus tour to learn more about the movement. The tour bus will stop at key sites from the era and the students will interact with former participants. Salve Regina associate professor of religion and theology Dr. Anthony LoPresti said he hopes his students will recognize that racism still remains an issue in our society today.

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RI News
8:09 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Rhode Islander Remembers Historic 1963 March On Washington

RI resident Cliff Monteiro was one of more than a quarter of a million people at the 1963 March on Washington.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Best known for Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, it was also a pivotal moment in the history of the civil rights movement.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic talks with a Rhode Islander who was one of the quarter-of-a-million people there.

Monteiro went on to work as a body guard for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Selma to Montgomery march. He describes the slain civil rights leader as a quiet man who enjoyed a good joke.

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RI News
8:50 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Daughter of Martin Luther King to visit RI

The daughter of the late Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. will be in Providence this week.  The Reverend Bernice King will deliver the annual Martin Luther King Jr. lecture at Brown University.  Her talk begins at four Wednesday afternoon in the Salomon Center for Teaching. It is free and open to the public.

King’s talk will focus on health care disparities and other issues of social inequality.