Southern History and Civil Rights in the News 20 November 2020

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Southern History and Civil Rights in the News

20 November 2020


The FBI released their annual Hate Crimes Report last week and 2019 was the “deadliest year on record,” according to The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights. Most marginalized groups saw an increase in hate crimes for the year, even at a time when fewer law enforcement agencies are voluntarily reporting the data. LCCHR notes that the Jabera-Heyer NO HATE Act could improve both reporting of hate crimes as well as promote better methods of hate crime prevention. You can read the release from LCCHR here, access the FBI report here, and the text of the Jabera-Heyer NO HATE Act here.


The Echo (IN) has the story of Lynda Lowery, “Selma’s Youngest Foot Soldier,” here, where she not only speaks about her experience of growing up in Selma, AL and her participation in “Bloody Sunday,” but the ongoing movement for civil and human rights.


As mentioned in previous editions, environmental racism has been much in the news lately, as the Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare and even exacerbated the conditions that many poor communities, particularly those of color, struggle with daily. As Avi S Garbow of The Hill notes here, enforcement of current laws, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, could help to end environmental racism.


St. Mary’s College of Maryland will hold a virtual dedication ceremony for The Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland, a project which developed after the remains of former slave quarters were found on the campus during construction of a new stadium. The event will be held Saturday, 21 November at 11 am EST and you can access the story, along with the link to attend the dedication, here.


One of the more compelling stories of the recent election is the number of younger voters who showed up to vote this year. Smithsonian Magazine has a look back at the history of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, passed and ratified in a remarkable 100 days over the late spring and summer of 1971, which lowered the voting age to 18. You can read that here.


Until next week, stay well,


Michele “Scout” Johnson

Editor, H-South


This series of weekly posts to H-South, “Southern History and Civil Rights in the News,” aims to track informed public discussions of southern history and civil rights. To recommend a reading, please email Dr. Michele Johnson at