The Civil Rights Movement in America had less to do with changing laws and far more to do with changing hearts and minds, says Christi Lones, assistant professor of history at York College.
That shift in the American mentality will be explored next week during chapel, as the history department presents four programs that look at the people and events that changed the nation.
These programs will be at 10 a.m. in the Campbell Activity Center. They are free and open to the public.
February is national Black History Month. This is an important opportunity to highlight the Civil Rights Movement, says Lones, as well as focus on how black people have impacted American history.
Instead of leaving, they sat at the counter until the store closed. They returned the following day with friends. By the fourth day of the sit-in, more than 300 people had joined the protest and similar sit-ins were being launched in other cities.
Students will also reenact the Rosa Parks incident that led to the Montgomery bus boycott. Lones says she hopes that these reenactments will help students feel more connected to history.
On Tuesday, Dr. Terry Seufferlein, professor of Bible, will present about the lives of individuals that were important to the Civil Rights Movement. Associate Professor of History Tim McNeese will present Martin Luther King Jr.‘s “I Have a Dream” speech on Wednesday, inviting students to consider basic human rights.
The Black History Month programs will conclude on Thursday with a presentation from Dr. Billy Lones, assistant professor of criminal justice, who will present on changing laws during the Civil Rights Movement.
All programs will be recorded and will be made available via the York College Youtube channel.
For more information, please contact Christi Lones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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