NPCA's Park Advocate » Civil Rights http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:39:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Commemorate Black History Month in 5 Unexpected Places http://parkadvocate.org/5-unexpected-places-to-learn-about-african-american-history-in-the-national-park-system/ http://parkadvocate.org/5-unexpected-places-to-learn-about-african-american-history-in-the-national-park-system/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:16:39 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4799 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. […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/5-unexpected-places-to-learn-about-african-american-history-in-the-national-park-system/feed/ 0 One Step Closer to Chicago’s First National Park http://parkadvocate.org/one-step-closer-to-chicagos-first-national-park/ http://parkadvocate.org/one-step-closer-to-chicagos-first-national-park/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:26:31 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4634 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/one-step-closer-to-chicagos-first-national-park/feed/ 0 Saving a Piece of History at Harpers Ferry http://parkadvocate.org/saving-a-piece-of-history-at-harpers-ferry-partners-protect-four-threatened-acres/ http://parkadvocate.org/saving-a-piece-of-history-at-harpers-ferry-partners-protect-four-threatened-acres/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:55:02 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4508 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/saving-a-piece-of-history-at-harpers-ferry-partners-protect-four-threatened-acres/feed/ 0 A Legacy Marches On http://parkadvocate.org/a-legacy-marches-on-remembering-the-march-on-washington-50-years-later/ http://parkadvocate.org/a-legacy-marches-on-remembering-the-march-on-washington-50-years-later/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:11:02 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=3881 “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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/a-legacy-marches-on-remembering-the-march-on-washington-50-years-later/feed/ 2 The Stonewall Inn http://parkadvocate.org/the-stonewall-inn-why-the-site-of-this-iconic-rebellion-should-be-part-of-the-national-park-system/ http://parkadvocate.org/the-stonewall-inn-why-the-site-of-this-iconic-rebellion-should-be-part-of-the-national-park-system/#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:44:25 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=3146 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/the-stonewall-inn-why-the-site-of-this-iconic-rebellion-should-be-part-of-the-national-park-system/feed/ 2 President Obama Preserves Three Important Sites in America’s History, Honors Civil War Hero Harriet Tubman http://parkadvocate.org/president-obama-preserves-three-important-sites-in-americas-history-honors-civil-war-hero-harriet-tubman/ http://parkadvocate.org/president-obama-preserves-three-important-sites-in-americas-history-honors-civil-war-hero-harriet-tubman/#comments Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:06:34 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=2911 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/president-obama-preserves-three-important-sites-in-americas-history-honors-civil-war-hero-harriet-tubman/feed/ 0 The Legacy of Fred Korematsu http://parkadvocate.org/the-legacy-of-fred-korematsu/ http://parkadvocate.org/the-legacy-of-fred-korematsu/#comments Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:00:04 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=2579 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. […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/the-legacy-of-fred-korematsu/feed/ 1 Free Entrance to All National Parks on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day http://parkadvocate.org/free-entrance-to-all-national-parks-on-monday-martin-luther-king-jr-day/ http://parkadvocate.org/free-entrance-to-all-national-parks-on-monday-martin-luther-king-jr-day/#comments Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:59:35 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=2496 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. […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/free-entrance-to-all-national-parks-on-monday-martin-luther-king-jr-day/feed/ 0 Channeling Buffalo Soldiers at Yosemite http://parkadvocate.org/channeling-buffalo-soldiers-at-yosemite/ http://parkadvocate.org/channeling-buffalo-soldiers-at-yosemite/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 15:05:36 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=218 NPCA’s new video, The Way Home, travels with members of a church group from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park to reconnect with the land and learn about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers. The Buffalo Soldiers were enlisted African-American cavalrymen in the U.S. Army in the 1860s who served, among other roles, as the […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/channeling-buffalo-soldiers-at-yosemite/feed/ 3