Civil Rights

Des Moines Human Rights Symposium

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 8:00am

28th Annual Symposium

Greater Des Moines Friends of Human Rights, Inc.

Celebrating Sixty (60) Years of Human & Civil Rights Education in Metropolitan Des Moines

Presenting Sponsor

Des Moines University

3206 Grand Ave.

March 19, 2014

Looking back at 1963 voting rights project in rural North Carolina

Eva Clayton

Eva Clayton

Eva Clayton, who served North Carolina's 1st district in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than a decade, initiated AFSC's 1963 Citizenship Education Project in Warren and Franklin counties. In September 2013, she spoke to her fellow project participants when they gathered to mark the project's 50th anniversary.

In the segregated South, in the summer of 1963, the first interracial group to live together in Warren County took up residence in a tiny, sweltering apartment over Brown's Superette and Grill. 

Three generations consider impact of March on Washington anniversary

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix 

This was the message the Cohen family—grandmother MaChere; two daughters, Claire and Henrietta; and four grandchildren, Myiya, Wesley, Norma, and Winston—took on a sign to Washington. 

FILM - "Of Civil Wrongs and Rights"

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Like more than 100,000 other Americans of Japanese ancestry, Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu was ordered to be sent to an American prison camp after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.  But Fred resisted and then challenged the forced internment in court.  Although he lost, his case and his life are a great example of commitment to civil rights and the consequences faced by individuals who insist on standing up for justice.  "Of Civil Wrongs and Rights" tells the story of Red Korematsu's case and his 40-year fight for legal vindication. 

"Of Civil Wrongs and Rights"

Flyer for April 8, 2013 film in Concord NH.

Carter Family report, 1967

AFSC staff Connie Currie's 1967 report on the Carter family, whom she had been helping desegregate local schools.

FILM-The Loving Story

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Loving Story, a 2012 award winning documentary film, tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, little known heroes of the Civil Rights era.  Often overlooked among historic civil rights leaders, Mildred and Richard Loving’s quest to live together as husband and wife in the state of Virginia was a pivotal struggle.

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