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Students show how they are ‘Living the Legacy’ in MDHR Youth Video contests this fall

Posted on 9/10/14

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Minnesota students have a real-world educational opportunity to discuss the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and participate in MDHR’s Second Annual Youth Video Contest.

Show Us How You are "Living the Legacy"

As part of Human Rights Week, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) is sponsoring a video contest to hear from youth across the state about their take on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is the nation’s benchmark civil rights legislation, and how they are “Living the Legacy” today.

Finalists will be honored the first week of December during Human Rights Week in Minnesota and their videos will be showcased by MDHR on YouTube. Commissioner Lindsey will recognize the finalists at their school and discuss diversity and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the students’ class.

Learn More

On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the nation’s benchmark civil rights legislation, was signed by Lyndon B. Johnson. The legislation not only ended the application of “Jim Crow” laws – upheld by the Supreme Court in the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson case – it paved the way for future anti-discrimination legislation, including the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Learn more about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Minnesota’s role in the historic legislation with MDHR’s “Living the Legacy” Video program and commentary program. A fact sheet is also available.

The Challenge

Videos should creatively show how youth view race, diversity, civil rights and how far we have come as a society since 1964. Youth can personalize videos by showcasing your life, your school and your community.

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