May 4, 2021

A Civil Rights History Lesson

Maria and Julio are joined by Jeanne Theoharis, distinguished professor of political science at Brooklyn College, historian and author of “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks” and co-editor of the new book “Julian Bond’s Time To Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement.” They talk about the legacy of activist, politician and educator Julian Bond and the lessons from his lectures - compiled in the new book - on the civil rights movement and what it teaches us about the fight for racial justice and radical change. We also hear from Professor Bond himself through archival interviews and from his widow Pamela Horowitz, co-editor of “Time To Teach”, who was one of the first lawyers hired at the Southern Poverty Law Center. ITT Staff Picks - “From the struggle against Jim Crow to the battle for LGBTQ rights, [Bond] remained convinced that it was necessary to agitate on behalf of the powerless outside the halls of power, but as he got older, he became convinced one had to do it from inside them as well,” writes Robert Greene II about Julian Bond’s life in politics and protest for The Nation. - Jeanne writes for The Washington Post about looking back at our history to understand today’s uprisings in defense of Black lives: “To start the story earlier would mean holding accountable the public officials who treated activists as unreasonable and impatient or who bemoaned police brutality or school inequality but did not rise to action.” - Five ways to avoid whitewashing the civil rights movement, via Coshandra Dillard in Learning for Justice.  Vote for ITT! It’s the final days to vote for In The Thick in this year’s Webby’s for the Best General Series in News and Politics! Deadline is this Thursday, May 6th.  Photo credit: The Associated Press  

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