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Week 30: Decent Housing- Redlining Your Community

The issue of decent housing is more than the quality of the physical dwelling people live in, but also the surrounding community. In modern America, we are impacted by a legacy of housing policies that affect government funding for schools, community development, quality of life, economic access or wealth, and more.

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Week 29: Justice - Ban the Box: 2nd Chance Too Many?

The United States has roughly 70 million Americans who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony. Of course with each conviction, all crimes are different, however regardless of how non-threatening the crime is, these Americans are significantly disadvantaged.

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Week 28: Poverty - A Tribute to the 1968 Sanitation Workers

In 1968, Dr. King came to Memphis, to help with the Sanitation Workers Strike. The Memphis garbage collectors were underpaid, overworked, and didn't have proper uniforms or working equipment. Their wages were so low that even though they worked full time, they still qualified for welfare.

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Week 27: Peace: Nonviolence as a Way of Life

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal." King's philosophy reveals that we achieve the goal of peace through nonviolence.

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Week 26: Better Jobs - Resumes & Interviews Matter

At some point in their lives, most people will be in the position of seeking employment. Whether a high school or college graduate looking for part-time employment or internship, or an experienced worker embarking on a new career, candidates will likely have resume questions including: What should I have in my resume? How should I format it? What skills should I list? Does the objective really matter? Should I include a cover letter? What length should my resume be?

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Week 25: Justice Dinner

Mass incarceration is a major civil rights issue. A primary reason for the surge in the American prison population is the federal law mandating minimum sentencing. Individuals who meet certain stipulations of the law are required to serve a minimum sentence.

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Week 24: Affordable Housing: New Challenges, Old Policies

According to the Urban Institute, "Many households struggle to afford a decent, safe place to live. Since 2000, rent has risen as the number of renters needing affordable housing has increased.

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Week 23: Quality Education: Teacher Preparedness

Think about it. There has been at least one teacher who greatly impacted your life, right? Most of us can recall our favorite teachers because of the way they positively motivated, encouraged and pushed us to reach our potential.

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Week 22: Daring to Dream: Generational Poverty

Recent census data states there has been a decline in poverty in the U.S. over the last two years.

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Week 21: Better Jobs: Gender Pay Gap

In the fight for economic equity, the gender pay gap - the difference between how much men and women are paid - is a key issue.

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Week 19: Monumental Justice: Heritage or Hate?

In the past several weeks, the history of the Confederate States of America and its icons have been the center of attention nationwide.

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Week 18: Rethinking Education

For decades, education advocates have called for reform in our country's education system. Since the early 1980s, the challenge to rethink the model has been brewing, giving prominence to changes in the ecosystem of educational options.

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Week 17: Undoing a Generation of Student Loan Debt

A recent article from Student Loan Hero revealed that the average 2016 college graduates are $37,172 in debt. With student loan debt well into the trillions, many new professional are victims of garnished wages and income taxes.

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Week 13: School Choice For Quality Education

Across the country, the new school year is quickly approaching. Every year, many parents have waded through the complex issue of school choice to enroll their children in the best schools possible. This week Museum President Terri Lee Freeman discusses school choice.

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Week 12: ALL LABOR HAS DIGNITY

In 1961, Dr. King delivered a speech to the AFL-CIO's fourth constitutional convention. He acknowledged racism within the labor movement, but also brought to the audience 's attention that the goals of the labor movement and th e civil rights movement overlap.

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Week 11: Realities of Poverty Today

In the years since Dr. King's death, the face of American poverty has changed. The rates of poverty in suburban America have been rapidly growing. From 2000 - 2015, the suburbs accounted for nearly half of the national poverty increase in the United States.

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