Civil Rights and Protest in America: The Shifting Lens of History

Marcia Chatelain – Georgetown University

In this lecture, Professor Chatelain will present different ways of looking at protests, boycotts, marches, and social change by shifting the lens on civil rights. Through the lessons of the evolution of African American rights from Jim Crow America to today, we will discuss how policies on black housing, policing, and business franchising have led to the unrest we see today. By using a very familiar example (McDonalds), we’ll learn about where we are now and how we got here.