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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 21, 2013

Interview With Local Pioneer in Illinois’ Gay Rights Movement

By Lindsey Moon

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(Duration: 7:09)

Mary Lee Sargent being arrested at a protest at the state capitol after a committee refused to allow a bill amending the human rights act on May 9, 2001.

Governor Pat Quinn’s signature of the same-sex marriage measure Wednesday marks the culmination of a decades-long push in Illinois. Mary Lee Sargent helped shape that movement in Illinois as an activist and organizer in Champaign-Urbana. 


NPR - Illinois Public Media News - August 31, 2013

Graphic Novel Depicts John Lewis’ ‘March’ Toward Justice

By Sandhya Dirks

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(Duration: 5:57)

A page from the comic book, "March."  It is a vivid first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights.

John Lewis is the only person to have spoken at the 1963 March on Washington who is still alive. He was just 23 years old when he addressed the crowd of more than 200,000 at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago.




NPR - Illinois Public Media News - August 27, 2013

Clarence B. Jones: A Guiding Hand Behind ‘I Have A Dream’

For the month of August, Morning Edition and The Race Card Project are looking back at a seminal moment in civil rights history: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream Speech" Aug. 28, 1963. Approximately 250,000 people descended on the nation's capital from all over the country for the mass demonstration.

By Michele Norris

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(Duration: 7:47)

Clarence B. Jones

Ask Clarence B. Jones to identify himself, and he'll tick off a list of titles. "I live in Palo Alto, Calif., and I am a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco, and a scholar, writer-in-residence at Stanford University's Martin Luther King Jr. Institute."



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 23, 2013

Why It’s Difficult To Find Full Video Of King’s Historic Speech

By Eyder Peralta

Martin Luther King, Jr.

As thousands gather in Washington over the next week to the mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, you may be moved to look for video of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech," which he delivered in front of the Lincoln Memorial during that march.



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