Rights Remain Relevant

This past week the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) national conference was in town, and this weekend I had the privilege of attending the National Organization for Women (NOW) conference being held in Dearborn. Wayne State University’s Women’s Studies Department sent 30 of their students to this event to represent the University. The experience was eye-opening. We were shown a documentary of Michigan’s contribution to the Women’s Movement. About twenty odd years ago women had to enter the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC) through the side door and were not permitted to enter the club in which many of the city’s business deals went down. The women of the city gathered a truckload of high-heel shoes and dumped them to block the front entrance of the DAC after the DAC refused to admit women. Today, it appears that men and women share equal rights. It also appears that race is no longer a barrier. This simply is not the case. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the 1967 Detroit riots. We are still recovering. NOW and the NAACP remain relevant because the rights of human beings remain relevant. While huge battles have been won by past generations, there is much left to do for this and future generations. See what challenges still face these groups which include immigration, education, the media, etc.

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  1. Alex (unregistered) on July 16th, 2007 @ 12:10 am


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