Deschutes Public Library News
Civil Rights Movement Presentation
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 3/12/2008
Deschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome Regina Sullivan from the University of Oregon History for a program at the Bend Public Library on March 15, 2008 at 3:00 pm. Sullivan will present “The Civil Rights Movement: A Longer View,” as part of the Seismic Sixties series hosted throughout the month of March at Deschutes Public Libraries.
Sullivan asserts that although the Civil Right Movement made an impression in the 60’s is it important to remember the movement as having deeper roots in America’s past that continue to impact the fabric of our society today. “To see the Civil Rights Movement as brief, tidy and over in the 60’s is dangerous,” says Sullivan, “dangerous because it reinforces the idea that this movement began and ended in a single decade and is now over.” Sullivan believes that viewing the Civil Rights Movement as over does not allow us to see the critical importance of dissent. “Dissent should last and last until the injustice is finally removed,” concludes Sullivan.
Regina D. Sullivan is adjunct assistant professor of history at the University of Oregon. She holds a masters degree in religion from Yale University and an MA and PhD in U.S. History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Originally from Arkansas, she has lived in Oregon since 2002.
This program, part of the Seismic Sixties: Aftershock series is free and open to the public. For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.