At the Civil Rights Summit panel “Social Justice in the 21st Century: Empowering Minds, Changing Hearts, and Inspiring Service,” panelists from varying backgrounds — David Robinson, Maria Shriver, Steve Stoute and Lex Frieden — discussed social justice in the 21st century.
At the keynote address at the Civil Rights Summit Thursday, President Barack Obama discussed former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s legacy and emphasized his belief that government plays an important role in promoting equality.
On May 4, 1961, a few months before President Barack Obama was born, John Lewis and the rest of Freedom Riders were prepared to die as they rode public buses through the deep South to protest segregation.
Former President Bill Clinton emphasized the issue of voter ID laws during his speech Wednesday at the Civil Rights Summit, saying they disenfranchise voters and do not align with the goals of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Bill Russell and Jim Brown were already using their status as high profile athletes to strengthen the civil rights movement in their early 20s — the same age-range in which many of today’s college students sit in classrooms learning about the impact the two decorated athlete-activists had.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and former President Lyndon B. Johnson had an amicable relationship, even as King and others pressured Johnson to introduce new civil rights legislation, according to Andrew Young, former United Nations ambassador.
Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour and San Antonio mayor Julian Castro both said they felt optimistic that immigration laws would be passed in 2014, and agreed the U.S. government must do more to address the issue of immigrants who overstay their visa.