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Civil Rights & Social Justice

Among CAH’s major research strengths is the history of social justice movements in the United States. The Center’s resources on this topic include a wide range of materials relating to civil rights, anti-war protest, prison reform, lesbian-gay rights, the anti-smoking movement, and environmental activism.

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Freedom Ride
Source:Farmer (James Leonard, Jr. and Lula Peterson) Papers
Gonzales Report [Armando Rodriguez; Bilingual education]
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Weekly public address from Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez to his constituents in Bexar County, Texas. In this program, Gonzalez talks with educator Armando Rodriguez, the first director of the Mexican-American educational unit in the Office of Education, part of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Rodriguez outlines the purpose and functions of the unit and discusses bilingual education with Gonzalez, with a focus on training teachers and superintendents. Black and white picture, no sound. Writing on leader reads, ""Gonzalez, 14, 67."
Gonzales Report [Civil Rights Act of 1964]
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Weekly public address from Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez to his constituents in Bexar County, Texas. In this program, Gonzalez talks about House debate on the forthcoming Civil Rights Bill [Civil Rights Act of 1964]. Features guest appearances from Rudy Esquivel, a San Antonio lawyer and member of the Texas Legislature, and Jake Jennings, of the Gates of Heaven Memorial Garden cemetery and Edward Munthis [sp?], president of Edgewood Independent School Board. Has opening with Gonzales climbing the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building while the sounds of the Bells of Congress are heard. Black and white picture with sound. There is a stamp on the film's box for Christmas 1963. Squealing mechanical sounds can occasionally be heard on the audio track. Film leader has a countdown from VPI.
Gonzales Report [Voter Participation]
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Weekly public address from Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez to his constituents in Bexar County, Texas. Gonzalez talks about the importance of voters participating in self-government. Outlines his positive outlook on U.S. government, stating, "I do not share the fear, the frustrations, the lack of faith in the destiny of our country. There have been darker periods in our historical development..." Also mentions civil rights. Has opening with Gonzalez sitting at his desk while the sounds of the Bells of Congress are heard. Black and white picture with sound. Leader reads, "Gonzalez-334-O/C [open and close]."
Gonzales Report [with guest Sargent Shriver]
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Public address from Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez to his constituents in Bexar County, Texas. Features a guest appearance from Sargent Shriver, former director of the Peace Corps and current director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, talking about the effectiveness of his organization and showing a chart with a map of its programs in Texas. Mentions Neighborhood Youth Corps, Job Corps, Head Start and Upward Bound programs and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Gonzalez acknowledges WOAI-TV and KENS-TV for providing airtime. Black and white picture with sound. Folder label notes that it is from April. Writing on leader reads "2798 Gonzalez, 14, 60."
Jackie Kennedy Spanish Voting Spot
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Spanish language voting spot featuring Jackie Kennedy
Sears Christmas Show
Source:Bailey (Bob) Studios Photographic Archive
African-American choir from St. John Baptist church, under the direction of S. A. Pleasance [sp?]. The choir performs two hymns. The first is unidentified, the second is "O Come, All Ye Faithful." Black and white picture with sound.
Shoe Shine Boy [Captured from VHS Access Copy]
Source:Jones (Jesse Holman) Papers
Film of shoe shiner Floyd Jackson arriving by plane, greeting [family], then shining the shoes of executives at the Bankers Mortgage Building and the Commerce Building. Label on box [not from creator] reads: "Shoe Shine Boy, includes Jesse Jones, Fred Heyne and Oscar Holcomb, 1954." Title in finding aid was "Shoeshine Box". An August, 27 1954 newspaper article from the Lubbock Morning Avalanche entitled "Shoeshine Anyone? All That's Needed Is Million Dollars" seems to cover the same event, and gives the additional information that Jackson made the trip as a contestant on the TV game show "Truth or Consequences", and received $100 for each shoe shine. The article also names R.E. (Bob) Smith, W.A. (Bill) Smith, J.M. Rockwell, Ralph Johnston, George Brown, Harmon Whittington, John Jones and Curtis Japhet as executives receiving shoe shines at the Bankers Mortgage Building. Black and white picture with no sound. This capture was taken from a VHS access copy of the film [original film was digitized as dv_00092], and contains a blurrier but more stable and less damaged version of the film's content.
Shoe Shine Boy
Source:Jones (Jesse Holman) Papers
Film of shoe shiner Floyd Jackson arriving by plane, greeting [family], then shining the shoes of executives at the Bankers Mortgage Building and the Commerce Building. Label on box [not from creator] reads: "Shoe Shine Boy, includes Jesse Jones, Fred Heyne and Oscar Holcomb, 1954". Title from 1985 finding aid was "Shoeshine Box." An August, 27 1954 newspaper article from the Lubbock Morning Avalanche entitled "Shoeshine Anyone? All That's Needed Is Million Dollars" seems to cover the same event, and gives the additional information that Jackson made the trip as a contestant on the TV game show "Truth or Consequences", and received $100 for each shoe shine. The article also names R.E. (Bob) Smith, W.A. (Bill) Smith, J.M. Rockwell, Ralph Johnston, George Brown, Harmon Whittington, John Jones and Curtis Japhet as executives receiving shoe shines at the Bankers Mortgage Building. Black and white picture with no sound. Reel box was sent from Bob Gray at KPRC-TV in Houston to Jesse Jones at the Bankers Mortgage Building in Houston. Due to poor condition of the original film, the digitized copy has some frame jumping and occasional blur, as well as emulsion breakdown visible throughout. A less damaged but more blurry version captured from an earlier VHS transfer of the film can be found as dv_00095.