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 (February 2018)
Slideshow: HUD 50th Anniversary Timeline (April 2017)
Recent Civil Rights History Articles From Poverty & Race
Other Teaching Resources
- New York Times review of Dr. King’s legacy, on the 50th anniversary of his assassination (April 4, 2018)
- Milliken v. Bradley (Detroit Schools Case) Archives at Wayne State University (Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University, December 2017)
- “Housing Is Everybody’s Problem”: The Forgotten Crusade of Morris Milgram (Places Journal, October 2017)
- 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)
Housing and School Segregation
"Housing and School Segregation: Government Culpability, Government Remedies." (2005) These three historical studies, by Arnold Hirch, Raymond Mohl, and David Freund, funded by a multi-year grant from the Ford Foundation, trace the development of federal housing and transportation policies in relation to increasing housing and school segregation in American metropolitan areas. These studies take a much closer look at the early decisions and policies within the federal ,bureaucracy that have been broadly described in works like Douglas Massey & Nancy Denton's American Apartheid.
- Arnold Hirsch, "The Last and Most Difficult Barrier: Segregation and Federal Housing Policy in the Eisenhower Administration, 1953-1960" (2005)
- Raymond Mohl, "The Interstates and the Cities: Highways, Housing, and the Freeway Revolt" (2002)
- David Freund, "Democracy's Unfinished Business: Federal Policy and the Search for Fair Housing, 1961-1968" (2004)
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.