The fight for minority rights in the United States to be explored at event

Issues of racism - from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s up until today - and how the ongoing fight for minority rights has formed a ‘continual and continuous thread of American history’ will be discussed at an upcoming ‘Remembering Rosa Parks’ event on Thursday 15 October.

This educational day, which is organised by Dr George Lewis from the School of History and Centre for American Studies, is designed for schools, school teachers and interested members of the public and will focus on the courage, tactical acumen and resilience of activists from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

Bringing together civil rights specialists, members of the British Association for American Studies, oral history specialists, and a professionally curated room of 1950s and 1960s civil rights artefacts, the day has been specifically tailored to allow pre- and post-16 school pupils the opportunity to learn about and experience the history of the US Civil Rights Movement.

The event is part of Black History Month, which celebrates the heritage, history, arts, culture and accomplishments of people across the African and African Caribbean Diaspora, helping to understand the present through our past.

‘Remembering Rosa Parks: Understanding the US Civil Rights Movement’ takes place on Thursday 15 October between 10am-2pm in Queen’s Hall, Percy Gee Building, University of Leicester.

Attendance is free, but booking is essential. For further details visit the website.