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U.S. Embassy: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement

On the 19th of February 2016, a Training Seminar Lesson Will Be Held, from 15:00 to 17:00, at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin

January 18th, 2016
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This seminar will be focused on the Civil Rights Movement, and particular attention will be given to equity and inclusion concerning schools. The lecture will be held by the Guest Speaker Dr. June Cara Christian of Southern Poverty Law Centre, Montgomery, Alabama.

The Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) is an American non-profit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. It is noted for its educational programs that promote tolerance and for its representations of the discriminated victims by hate groups and its legal movements against white supremacist groups.

Dr. Christian is a Teaching and Learning Specialist of the Teaching Tolerance program. During the lecture and discussion, she will deal with many important aspects regarding the modern civil rights movement in the schools. Starting from the 1954 landmark Brown v. Topeka Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which made integration the law of the land. During this case, the United States Supreme Court declared that the states laws that established separate public schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. The lecture will start from this important period, talking about the challenges American schools face today in regards to current narratives. Many schools are still segregated, so therefore it is important that the current paradigm will move towards civil and human rights, not focusing on diversity, but trying to focus on equity and inclusion. These and other matters will be the arguments articulated during the lecture and debate.

 

U.S. Embassy, entrance Behrenstr. (back entrance), please register at: IRCBerlin@state.gov by February 15, 2016.

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Ambra Nicole Strub, Berlin Global