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02.28.2018          CRS Observes African American History Month

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, lead demonstrators on the fourth day of their march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

African American History Month is an annual observance to highlight the important contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation’s history.  February is an opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the central role African Americans have played in United States history. Originating from “Negro History Week” created by historian and educator Carter Godwin Woodson, this month-long celebration presents an opportunity for our nation to better understand African American history, culture, and literature. Since 1976, the month of February has been designated as African American History Month by every U. S. President and leaders from other countries around the world.

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02.27.2018          CRS Remembers Former Directors Roger Wilkins and Ben Holman as Part of Black History Month

Roger W. Wilkins

As part of Black History Month, CRS honors two of its early African American leaders and civil rights pioneers – Roger Wilkins (1930 - 2017) who served as CRS Director from 1966 to 1969 under the Johnson Administration and Ben Holman (1930 - 2007) who served as CRS director from 1969 to 1977 under the Nixon and Ford Administrations. Both men helped shape the important role CRS plays in communities and advanced the fields of civil rights, academia, and journalism.

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01.15.2018         Honoring the Life, Legacy, and Leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Picture of Lyndon B. Johnson giving a gentleman a pen with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Born on January 15, 1929, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. created a legacy of hope and healing in America. His efforts toward progress and harmony have paved the way for interracial and intercultural coordination and involvement today. The United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS), which was established under Title X of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its purview expanded under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, commemorates this holiday as it honors the work of a man who braved persecution and had a global impact through his empowering voice and leadership. Throughout its history, CRS has championed Dr. King’s inspiring dream of a vibrant, all-embracing nation unified in justice, peace, and reconciliation. CRS, also known as “America’s Peacemaker,” is the only Federal government agency charged with the responsibility of bringing racial conflicts to peaceful resolutions. 

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