[Hybrid] Dylan Penningroth: The Hidden History of Black Civil Rights
February 22, 2024 @ 5:30 PM PST
The story of the American Civil Rights Movement is often told like this: The country’s legal system shut out Black people and refused to recognize their rights, dignity or even their lives. When lynch mobs formed, police and judges often closed their eyes, if they didn’t join in. Law was hostile to Black people. Then in the 1940s, a few brave lawyers began to take on the law, and soon ordinary African Americans were spurred by Supreme Court victories and by racial justice activists into launching the Civil Rights Movement.
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