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Video: Redefining equality and the civil rights movement

May 16, 2014 by NCC Staff


How has the civil rights movement amounted to a genuine revolution in constitutional law? Three leading experts, Bruce Ackerman, Steven Calabresi and Tomiko Brown-Nagin, look at the landmark statutes that led the way.

civilrightspanelThe scholars appeared at a National Constitution Center event on May 14 that drew from Ackerman’s newest book, We the People, Volume 3: The Civil Rights Revolution, the second to last volume of his sweeping interpretation of constitutional history.

The group discussed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 as milestones in the civil rights movement.

Another point of discussion was the seminal court decision of Brown v. Board of Education, which happened 60 years ago this weekend.

To watch the full video of the event, you can use the player below or click the following link:

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