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Current Events

Tuesday, March 25

5:00 reception, 6:00 program

Events Room, Glickman Library, USM Portland campus

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

“Contesting and Celebrating Citizenship; Commemorating the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” speakers and panel discussion in recognition of Black History Month; featuring presentations by Leroy Rowe, University of Southern Maine assistant professor of African American history and political science, and Eileen Eagan, USM associate professor of history; panel discussion by Eric Blanchard, public information director for Poor People’s Campaign, and Ida Gammon-Wilson, co-chair, African American Collection Advisory Committee.

 

Professor Mel Zarr

April 23, 2014

5:00

Moot Court Room

University of Maine School of Law

USM-Portland Campus

 

African American Muslims

The Role of Afican American Muslims in the Civil Rights Movement of Recognition of Malcom X Day.

Sunday, May 18

Labot Lecture Hall, Luther Bonney, USM-Portland campus

2:00 - 5:00

Free and open to the public

American Muslims have been part of U.S. history since its inception - arriving voluntarily as immigrants or involuntarity as slaves and detainees - fighting on behalf of the United States in every war the country has ever waged, including the War of Independence, and contributing to our culture and traditions. But the September 11th attacks stirred anti-Muslim xenophobia, prompting civil liberties violeations that have, at times, threatened both the security of American Muslims and the freedom of religion, a constitutionally guaranteed right found in the religious clauses of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

This program - delivered in four succinct pieces - will examine the role of African American Muslims in advancing peace, justice, civil and human rights in the United. States.

The program begins with a viewing of the non-conventional sports film, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, which investiages his extraordinary and often complex life outside of the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial and religious inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Ali remains an inspiring figure for people of diverse faith traditions and those fighting for freedom around the world.

Following the film the NAACP King Fellows will present a short timeline of Muslims in U.S. history including information on the first mosque believed to have been established located in Biddeford, Maine.

The third part of the program will feature a distinguished panel moderated by the Cneter for African Heritage, which has recognized Malcom X Day annually, with time for an open discussion with the audience.

Opportunites to get involved with local projects that continue to advance peace, justice and human rights will be presented before the programe closes.

For more information, please contact the NAACP at 558-5351 or Center for African Hertiage at 807-8350.

Supporting Resources

 

Teaching Resources

 

Oh, Freedom!

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Then & Now

Feb. 27, 12:00 - 1:30, Learning Commons (Library), Southern Maine Community College, South Portland

Free and open to the public

Watch the video online

 

Welcome

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: 50 Years of Moving Toward Equity & Justice

Sponsored by the NAACP (Maine) in partnership with Portland Public Library, ACLU Maine, Maine Jewish Film Festival, Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine, Portland Public Schools, University of New England, University of Maine School of Law,  USM, USM Libraries, and Southern Maine Community College

The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The Civil Rights Act forbids discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, and age.

The NAACP of Portland, in conjunction with co-sponsors, plans a yearlong series of events across the state exploring what goals the Civil Rights Movement, the Congress and President Lyndon B. Johnson sought to achieve, which of those goals have already been realized, and which goals remain unfulfilled. Businesses, churches and other civic organizations, educational institutions, and community leaders are invited to submit program ideas for possible inclusion in the schedule.

Programs may focus directly on the Civil Rights Act or on the historical background of the struggles that various individuals or groups (age, ethnicity, religion, or gender) waged as they sought equal protection under the law. Using the Civil Rights Act as the primary framework for understanding our collective hopes for an inclusive vision of equal protection for all and social justice for all communities, we encourage programs that engage the public in a dialogue about the benefits and limitations of  citizenship, as well as the challenges of realizing equality and inclusion in the 21st century.

Read this article for additional background on the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

 

2014 Events

2014 Events Schedule


Jan. 17 - 20

Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance (see to the left)

 Jan. 16 – 27

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Series, hosted by the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine (also see the national site)

  • Jan 16, The Abolitionists, 7:00, Michael Klahr Center, University of Maine - Augusta
  • Jan 23, Slavery By Another Name, 7:00, Michael Klahr Center, University of Maine - Augusta

Jan. 20

Leonard Hall: 50th Anniversary Celebration, University of New England - Biddeford, 6:00-7:30

Jan. 22

Economic empowerment and income inequality: new Civil Right imperative, Campus Center, University of New England - Biddeford, 12:00

Jan. 29

Health empowerment through community engagement, Ludcke Auditorum, University of New England - Portland

Jan. 29

Navigating Hight Education: Barriers New Mainers Face, 5:00, 7th floor Events Room, Glickman Library, University of Southern Maine

Feb. 4

Freedom Riders, a film screening, 7th floor Event Rooms, Glickman Library, University of Southern Maine, 5:00

Feb. 7

Slavery by Another Name, a film screening, Lee Auditorium, Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine, 4:00

Feb. 13 - 27

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Series, hosted by the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine (also see the national site)

  • Feb. 13, The Loving Story, 7:00, Michael Klahr Center, University of Maine - Augusta
  • Feb. 27, Freedom Riders, 7:00, Michael Klahr Center, University of Maine - Augusta

Feb. 27

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: 50th Anniversary: The most sweeping such act since the Civil War changed American rights forever...but what does it mean today?

Free and open to the public

DATE:

  • Feb. 27, 12:00 - 1:30 in the Learning Commons (Library), Southern Maine Community College, 2 Fort Road, South Portland, ME

PANEL:

  • Atty. Harold Pacios, Assistant Press Secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Hon. Gerald Talbot, Maine's first black state legislator and first president of the Portland NAACP
  • Atty. Zach Heiden, Maine Civil Librerties Union

MODERATOR:

  • Hon. Adams, former Maine State Representative, MSCC Instructor of History and Government

Feb 27 – Mar. 1

Classic Films of the 1960s, hosted by the ACLU of Maine & by Portland Public Library's Choose Civility Initiative

  • In The Heat Of The Night (1967), 6:30, Thursday, Feb. 27, Rines Auditorium Portland Public Library
  • A Raisin In The Sun (1961), 6:30, Friday, Feb. 28, Rines Auditorium Portland Public Library
  • Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967), 2:00, Saturday, Mar. 1, Rines Auditorium Portland Public Library
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (1962), 5:00, Saturday, March 1, Rines Auditorium Portland Public Library

March 18

Justice for Women Lecture Series, Dr. Sima Samar, 7:00, University of Maine School of Law, USM-Portland

 March 19

Civic Education: where are our gaps?, Hosted by the League of Women Voters, Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 6:00

March 22 - 29

Maine Jewish Film Festival, including the Women Filmmakers Forum, March 23, 10:00 - 12:30, to be followed by the WFF Focus Film. The event opens with a free continental brunch followed by a panel session featuring women filmmakers and more....

March 25

Contesting and Celebrating Citizenship: Commemorating the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 7th floor Events Room, Glickman Library, University of Southern Maine, 6:00, includes a reception. Dr. Leroy Rowe, Dr. Eileen Eagn, Ida Gammon-Wilson, and Eric Balanchard

 March 26

Constitutional personhood: quality public school education as a constitutional right. 6:00, Alfond 205, University of New England - Biddeford

April 2 - 6

Portland Children's Film Festival presents: The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963. Free to the public at Portland Public Library.

April 9
Race, Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice in a Colorblind Society: Issues for Maine Communities, 7:00 - 10:00, Searles Science Building, Room 315, Bowdoin College

April 23

Professor Mel Zarr Reflects on his Role as a Leagl Advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 5:00, Moot Court Room, University of Maine Law School, USM,  The lecture will be followed by a reception including light appetizers and drinks.

April 23-24

Capitalism Hits The Fan, Richard Wolff and Harriet Fraad. 7:00 -9:00, Wednesday, April 23, Talbot Lecture Hall, Luther Bonney Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland campus. Noon-1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24, University Events Room, Glickman Library, USM, Portland campus

Both lectures free and open to the public

May 18

The Role of African American Muslims in the CivilL Rights Movement
in Regognition of Malcom X Day
 
Sunday, May18
Talbot Lecture Hall, Luther Bonney, USM-Portland campus (unconfirmed)
2:00 - 5:00 P.M.
 
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

July 5

(Proposed) Public perfomance of Frederick Douglass's speech followed by a guided tour of the Portland Freedom Trail. Stay tuned.

Sept. 1 – Nov. 30

Civil Rights Act Exhibit, 6th floor of Glickman Library, University of Southern Maine, Portland

Fall 2014

Town Hall Meeting: Maine Gubernatorial Candidates discuss the Civil Rights Act with the Maine chapter of the NAACP 

 

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