Eva Clayton, who served North Carolina's 1st district in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than a decade, initiated AFSC's 1963 Citizenship Education Project in Warren and Franklin counties. In September 2013, she spoke to her fellow project participants when they gathered to mark the project's 50th anniversary.
In the segregated South, in the summer of 1963, the first interracial group to live together in Warren County took up residence in a tiny, sweltering apartment over Brown's Superette and Grill.
Fourteen college students and three adults among them, they had come to Warrenton after local residents approached the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) about starting a project to encourage voter registration and civic activism among the impoverished black majority population.
Like more than 100,000 other Americans of Japanese ancestry, Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu was ordered to be sent to an American prison camp after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. But Fred resisted and then challenged the forced internment in court. Although he lost, his case and his life are a great example of commitment to civil rights and the consequences faced by individuals who insist on standing up for justice. "Of Civil Wrongs and Rights" tells the story of Red Korematsu's case and his 40-year fight for legal vindication.
The Loving Story, a 2012 award winning documentary film, tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, little known heroes of the Civil Rights era. Often overlooked among historic civil rights leaders, Mildred and Richard Loving’s quest to live together as husband and wife in the state of Virginia was a pivotal struggle.
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