On September 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of State and the Newseum presented “Citizen Activism: Building Coalitions for Civil Rights,” a discussion of how people and organizations came together to push for legislative changes and subsequently shaped the future of the United States.
From the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the countless pieces of civil rights legislation in between and since, the American public consistently used First Amendment rights to petition Congress, raise its voice, and assemble in the streets, diners, and buses to demand change. The resulting coalitions shaped U.S. history as business leaders joined civil rights activists to push for better laws and a new generation of student leaders rose to the occasion to make some noise.
The Department of State hosted the following speakers as they discussed the people and groups that envisioned a more perfect Union and rewrote the laws of the United States:
- Judy Woodruff (moderator), Anchor for PBS NewsHour follow on Twitter: @JudyWoodruff
- Barney Frank, Former Representative from Massachusetts – follow on Twitter: @BarneyFrank
- Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the S. Department of State – follow on Twitter: @IntDisability
- Wade Henderson, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights – follow on Twitter: @Wade4Justice
Here are a few tweets from the conversation using the hashtag #StateOfRights