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  • Remembering Selma50th anniversary: Selma-to-Montgomery marchMore>>

  • Lowndes Co. prepares for 50th Anniversary celebration

    Lowndes Co. prepares for 50th Anniversary celebration

    Wednesday, March 4 2015 10:51 PM EST2015-03-05 03:51:48 GMT
    Thursday, March 5 2015 6:13 AM EST2015-03-05 11:13:05 GMT
    Preparations for the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March are in full swing across the area. The people of Lowndes County are also getting ready to celebrate their role in the movement.More >>
    Preparations for the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March are in full swing across the area. The people of Lowndes County are also getting ready to celebrate their role in the movement.More >>
  • Members of Congress reflect on the voting rights journey

    Members of Congress reflect on the voting rights journey

    Sunday, March 8 2015 4:57 PM EDT2015-03-08 20:57:28 GMT
    Sunday, March 8 2015 7:03 PM EDT2015-03-08 23:03:31 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)
    The largest group of bi-partisan lawmakers in the pilgrimage's history paused on Sunday to reflect on the struggle for voting rights and pay tribute to the lives lost in the civil rights movement.More >>
    The largest group of bi-partisan lawmakers in the pilgrimage's history paused on Sunday to reflect on the struggle for voting rights and pay tribute to the lives lost in the civil rights movement.More >>
  • Selma tributes start with Thursday night festivities

    Selma tributes start with Thursday night festivities

    Friday, March 6 2015 12:49 AM EST2015-03-06 05:49:08 GMT
    Friday, March 6 2015 12:49 AM EST2015-03-06 05:49:08 GMT
    The first events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday kicked off Thursday.More >>
    The first events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday kicked off Thursday.More >>

 

February 29, 1968

Kerner Commission Documents a Divided Society

After six months of study into race riots in American cities, the Kerner Commission issued its findings on this date in 1968. A number of cities, including Los Angeles, Detroit and Newark, were torn by race riots during the summers of 1965-67. President Lyndon Johnson appointed the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders to investigate the causes of the unrest.

The commission took its name from its chairman, Ohio Gov. Otto Kerner. The commission said black Americans faced many problems in addition to open discrimination, documenting a need for education, jobs and housing. The commission warned that the United States was "moving toward two societies, one black, one white - separate and unequal."

With the election of Richard Nixon and a more conservative Congress in 1968, few of the Kerner commissions recommendations were carried out.

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