NPCA's Park Advocate » Civil Rights News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:53:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Reflecting on Selma, 50 Years Later Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:39:31 +0000 On March 7, 1965, courage and villainy collided on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, when John Lewis and more than 500 other peaceful protesters marched for their constitutional right to vote. Almost 50 years ago, these demonstrators began forging a trail toward Montgomery that is now memorialized as a national park site—the Selma […]]]> 2 Fifty Years Later: Wilderness & Civil Rights in the Same Breath Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:49:11 +0000 Fifty years ago this summer, the 88th Congress passed the Civil Rights Act and the Wilderness Act, two landmark pieces of legislation that most Americans rarely consider in the same breath. Yet we’d all do well to, if we are to understand our society. Ending Jim Crow segregation and protecting wild land have more to […]]]> 2 Commemorate Black History Month in 5 Unexpected Places Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:16:39 +0000 National park rangers and staff are some of the nation’s best storytellers, charged with protecting the most momentous places in America’s history. Our park system preserves the legacy of visionaries like Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, and Booker T. Washington, as well as landmark sites in the struggle for equality like the Brown v. […]]]> 0 One Step Closer to Chicago’s First National Park Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:26:31 +0000 Today, just days after the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, Congress is one step closer to preserving a Chicago site rich with Civil Rights and labor rights history by introducing legislation that would name the historic Pullman neighborhood as the city’s first national park. The Pullman Company was home to the Brotherhood of Sleeping […]]]> 0 Saving a Piece of History at Harpers Ferry Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:55:02 +0000 Today, NPCA and our partners announced an exciting milestone at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia. We helped purchase four acres of private land significant to the park’s Civil War and civil rights history so that these parcels can be incorporated into the national park and preserved forever. Protecting this modest acreage from […]]]> 0 A Legacy Marches On Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:11:02 +0000 “We cannot walk alone.” With those words, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. urged a nation to recognize that the destiny—and the freedom—of all Americans is a shared one. Today, we reflect on an August afternoon 50 years ago, when a quarter of a million people walked together, uniting in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom—a historic demonstration […]]]> 2 The Stonewall Inn Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:44:25 +0000 On a bus in Montgomery, a lone woman refused to be sent to the rear. In the dry desert east of Yosemite lie the foundations of an internment camp where thousands of Americans were imprisoned simply because of their ancestry. In a small, drab bar on Christopher Street in New York City, a handful of […]]]> 2 President Obama Preserves Three Important Sites in America’s History, Honors Civil War Hero Harriet Tubman Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:06:34 +0000 Today the country celebrates an important milestone in preserving its history. After years of advocacy and study, President Obama has finally named three new national monuments as part of the National Park System, including a new national park site on Maryland’s Eastern Shore honoring Harriet Tubman. This new national monument encompasses several sites in Dorchester […]]]> 1 The Legacy of Fred Korematsu Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:00:04 +0000 In 1942, a 23-year-old welder from Oakland, California, refused to be incarcerated in a government camp because of his ethnicity. Fred Korematsu, the American-born son of Japanese immigrants, defied a presidential mandate during wartime and took a stand against racism—a fight that lasted for decades and earned him a legacy as a civil rights pioneer. […]]]> 1 Free Entrance to All National Parks on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:59:35 +0000 On Monday, January 21, the Department of the Interior will waive entrance fees at all national parks in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. For those of us fortunate enough to have the day off, the fee-free day is an excellent reason to commemorate the life of the visionary leader in one of America’s most inspirational places. […]]]> 0