Night School: Civil Rights


February 21, 2019 at 7:00pm - 9pm


Houston Hall, Ben Franklin Room
3417 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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Night School is back in session! Join us on February 21st when we talk about the civil rights movement.

The civil rights movement, the “Second Reconstruction”, has by now taken its place in high school history textbooks alongside the American Revolution, Civil War, and New Deal. Even the most right-wing Republicans pay lip service to the legacy of Martin Luther King, recast as a patron saint of apolitical humanitarianism. Looking back after more than half a century, how do we understand the civil rights movement, both as a pivotal moment in American history and a lesson for today’s struggles? In what ways did civil rights (both as a movement and a rhetoric) challenge the structures of American capitalism, and in what ways did it legitimize them? Join Philly DSA as we read socialist and March on Washington organizer Bayard Rustin’s influential 1965 article “From Protest to Politics”, as well as two historical retrospectives on the movement.

The Philly DSA Night School is intended as a forum for discussing thinkers, "-isms," and current trends in socialist politics. All meetings are free and open to the public, and are designed for all people regardless of previous experience. New members are always welcome.




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