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Tennesseans Respond: Civil Rights Act of 1964

Written by Sarah Calise, Archivist The Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed into law by President Johnson on July 2, prohibited the discrimination in public places, integrated public facilities, and made employment discrimination illegal. It was the most powerful piece … Continue reading

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Meet Our 2019 Summer Intern!

Written by Sarah Calise, Archivist The Gore Center is pleased to introduce our 2019 Bart Gordon Papers summer intern, Sarah Coffman! During the spring semester, the Gore Center held a nationwide search for a graduate student in public history and … Continue reading

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Tennesseans Respond: Brown v. Board of Education

Written by Sarah Calise, Archivist Today, May 17, marks the 65th anniversary of the 1954 United States Supreme Court decision in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which overturned Plessy v. Ferguson and determined “separate … Continue reading

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Albert Gore Research Center’s 25th Anniversary

Written by Sarah Calise, Archivist As we wrap up the 2018-2019 academic year, the Albert Gore Research Center’s 25th anniversary celebrations will also come to a close. Starting today through the beginning of May, we will post 25 highlights from … Continue reading

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The Ole Miss Incident: Examining the Past in the Present

Written by Marley Abbott, Graduate Assistant *Disclaimer: some of the words and images cited in this post may contain offensive language and sentiments. This past Valentine’s Day, I had the privilege of attending MTSU’s Unity Luncheon with keynote speaker James … Continue reading

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My Summer at the Gore Center

Written by Mary DePeder, Intern It’s my last week as the Bart Gordon Papers intern this summer and that is certainly cause for a touch of melancholy. As MTSU revs up for another semester with students moving into dorms, milling … Continue reading

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Meet Our Intern!

The Gore Center is happy to introduce Mary DePeder, our Bart Gordon Papers intern for this summer! During the spring semester, the Gore Center held a nationwide search for a graduate student in public history and archives to help process … Continue reading

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Tennesseans Respond: Poor People’s March of 1968

Written by Sarah Calise, Archivist WARNING: Some of the archival documents featured in this post contain racist language and beliefs.  When civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in April 1968, he and fellow activists were planning … Continue reading

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Tennesseans Respond: The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Written by Sarah Calise, Archivist On April 4, 1968, James Early Ray murdered civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. The city’s sanitation workers and public works employees were in the midst of … Continue reading

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Gore: Freedom of the ballot box is the very essence of democracy

Written by Sarah Calise, Archivist In 1965, Senator Albert Gore and his colleagues in Congress considered legislation aimed at dismantling the state and local barriers that prevented black Americans from fully exercising their right to vote granted by the 15th … Continue reading

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