Soft launch of historical website — Calendar of civil liberties

There is a new website: Today in Civil Liberties History, which has five or six events for each day. Each event includes learning materials: books, reports, web sites, Youtube videos, and more. It covers the full range of civil liberties issues: First Amendment, racial justice, reproductive rights, lesbian and gay rights, national security, and more.

The official public launch will be on Constitution Day, Wednesday September 17th, but you can view in now.

For more information about Today in Civil Liberties History, click here:

And congrats to Professor Sam Walker for what promises to be a welcome addition to our daily calendar experiences.

Meanwhile, here is what happened on this day in August:



Emmett Till, 14, Murdered in Mississippi


“I Have a Dream”: King Delivers Historic Speech at March on Washington


John Lewis Speech at March on Washington Censored


“Police Riot” at Democratic Party Convention


Reagan Administration Bars Visas to People with HIV


Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Dedicated


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3 Responses

  1. Brett Bellmore says:

    I have to admit that I’m puzzled how denying visas to foreigners based on their being carriers of an infectious disease is a “clvil liberties” issue. I mean, even setting aside the fact that non-citizens residing abroad don’t HAVE a “civil liberties” type relation to our government in the first place.

    • Joe says:

      If people are selectively treated in respect to infectious disease, especially in a type of way that is likely or at least possibly be discriminatory against certain classes of people, why wouldn’t it possibly be a civil liberty issue?

      Also, “persons” have rights in this country in a range of ways, including non-citizens who are currently on U.S. soil. Finally, asylum rules could be a “civil liberty” issue & by its nature would include people trying to get the right to stay.

  2. Brett Bellmore says:

    ” including non-citizens who are currently on U.S. soil.”

    But, if you’ve been denied a visa, then you shouldn’t be on U.S. soil, no? So denial of a visa can’t fall into that exception.

    We have long routinely barred entry to people who are carriers of serious, contagious diseases. Most nations do the same. Denial of entry to HIV carriers wasn’t a discriminatory exception to general policy. Permitting entry to HIV carriers was the exception, and, yes, quite likely motivated by discrimination.