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This spring, Bradley University continues its yearlong focus on civil rights with a range of activities.

2013-2014 academic school year marks the 50th anniversary of many significant dates in the civil rights movement—including the passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, in which Pekin’s own Senator Everett Dirksen played a pivotal role. Against this historical backdrop, Bradley University has adopted the year-long theme “Civil Rights: Past and Present” with the goal of having this generation of college students begin to appreciate the struggles and intense discrimination many fought to move civil rights forward in America. As we look to the future, we hope to inspire this generation to do its part to make Bradley’s campus—and our country—more truly inclusive, diverse and accepting.

Fall Semester Activities
This fall, a campus-wide steering committee of faculty and students hosted a broad array of activities on campus including:

Spring Semester Activities
This spring, Bradley University will continue with this exciting and informative civil rights theme, with the Theater Department presenting Clybourne Park and vignettes of famous civil rights trials. In addition, a Betty Friedan lecture, a screening of 42, a lecture on human trafficking, and a civil rights music celebration are also being planned. For a full list of events, visit bradley.edu/civilrights.

The culminating event for this year’s civil rights theme will take place on April 11th at the Renaissance Coliseum with Congressman John Lewis as the keynote speaker, paying tribute to the role Senator Everett Dirksen played in passing the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Congressman Aaron Schock, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and other members of the Illinois congressional delegation will serve as honorary co-hosts, while former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will be master of ceremonies. Great leadership lessons can be gleaned from the process and civility used to pass this historic, bipartisan legislation, which need to be followed to address the critical issues facing America today. iBi

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