This course traces the development of the American civil rights movement over the course of the 20th and 21st century, exploring many of the major sites of protest, opposition and resistance, via the concept of the long "black freedom struggle." Beginning with Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and ending with the "Black Lives Matter" campaign (2015), our investigation will focus on three broad themes: equal citizenship, strategies of leadership, and public policy: approaches and solutions. Some of the questions we will cover include: who "counts" as a civil rights activist? What are the priorities of these activists? How was civil rights policy formed and shaped? Were these policies effective? How does a long history of civil rights activism guide present-day black protest and policy making?
Location: HKS BLFR BL1