What was it like in the United States 50 years ago?

In many profound ways, our country was a very different place. Commonplace rights we now take for granted were elusive for many Americans before the signing and implementation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In certain areas, African Americans and other people of color could not reliably dine in a restaurant and were required to sit in theater and movie house balconies. Public schools, swimming pools, drinking fountains, and bathrooms were segregated by race, and employment and housing discrimination was widespread and vigorously upheld. To mark the 50th anniversary of federal legislation that made such run-of-the-mill discrimination illegal, Hood College will devote the year 2014 to openly reflecting upon the past, considering the present, and encouraging our community to seek a future where all citizens are afforded complete and unequivocal civil rights.

Kate Conway-Turner, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

March on Frederick – Sept. 26, 2014

As a tribute to the historic March on Washington, the March on Frederick will bring together students, faculty, staff, community members and visitors to reflect on the progress made within the Frederick community since the passing of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Conference on Contemporary Civil Rights Issues – Sept. 27, 2014

Three concurrent panels focusing on topics such as homelessness, voting rights, immigration, HIV/AIDS,
mental health, education, LGBT and marriage equality will follow a keynote address by the Honorable Robert M. Bell,
retired chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals and the first African American to hold that position.

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Service Hours Completed

Hood College has a long history of dedication to local, regional, national, and international service.

To honor the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Hood College will enhance our service commitment by giving back at least 15,000 hours to our communities. Students, faculty, and staff will volunteer in a variety of agencies and organizations that serve the needs of people who continue to struggle in today’s post-Civil Rights Act era. We will record our hours served and commemorate our collective service at the end of the year.

Announcing the “Fulfilling the Dream” Civil Rights Essay Contest

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, Hood College undergraduate and graduate students are invited to write a 1,000- to 1,500-word essay titled “Fulfilling the Dream” that reflects on the status of civil rights today and what challenges remain to fulfilling the aspirations of the civil rights movement.