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Summer of Love Exhibit: Social movements of 1967

Social movements were a defining feature of 1967 as African-Americans, women and members of the LGBTQ community fought for equality and justice. Below you will find videos, books and links to resources that support 1960s social movement research. 

African-American Civil Rights

African-American Civil Rights: Then and now

 

1967

The Civil Rights Movement took a radical turn in 1967, led by activist group the Black Panther Party. As thousands flocked to San Francisco for a summer of love, African Americans continued to fight hate and racial injustice across the country.

 

2017

Many of the issues that sparked the Civil Rights Movement are still relevant today. Issues like institutional racism and police violence against black people fueled the formation of the Black Lives Matter movement. The rights of immigrants and refugees are also being challenged , most recently with the 2017 signing of Executive Order 13769, also known as the Muslim travel ban.

REVOLUTION '67 focuses on the explosive urban rebellion in Newark, New Jersey, in July 1967, to reveal the long-standing racial, economic, and political forces which generated inner city poverty and perpetuate it today.

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Women's Rights

Women's Rights: Then and now

 

1967

Women stormed through the 1960s as part of the feminist movement, advocating equal rights, sexual liberation and sisterhood. 1967 was part of the second wave of feminism, whereas the first wave focused more on suffrage. Women challenged the conventionalities of the patriarchy and demanded control over their own bodies, families and careers.

 

2017

Fifty  years later, women continue to fight for fair treatment and equal compensation in the workplace, healthcare and reproductive rights, and against sexualizing female bodies in film, advertisements and other media. Intersectional feminism has received increasing attention, connecting how women are not only oppressed by their gender, but additionally by their race, religion, sexual orientation and class.

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LGBTQ Rights

 

LGBTQ Rights

 

1967

San Francisco boomed as an epicenter for the LGBTQ community in the 1960s. Although the city’s gay population was increasing, people still faced heavy social and legal oppression, even violence, based on their sexual orientation.

 

2017

The LGBTQ community still faces discrimination in our modern society. Some of the current issues  impacting the community are same-sex marriage laws, violence against transgender people, poverty, and equal access to healthcare. In recent years, the North Carolina “Bathroom Bill” has sparked a national debate on whether trans people should be allowed to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender they identify with, or the gender they were assigned at birth.

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