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Civil Rights — Past & Present


During the 2013-14 academic year, Bradley University will celebrate civil rights past and present in honor of the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

From Bradley’s beginning in 1897: the University maintained an open admission policy that provided for men and women, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic level or sexual orientation.

From Peoria’s early days: In 1854, Abraham Lincoln gave one of the first and the most powerful public speeches against the extension of slavery in front of the city’s courthouse and the nation knew that here was a place that sought to respect all people.

And, from its very roots: When Bradley University founder Lydia Moss Bradley and her husband Tobias looked for a place to settle, they insisted that it be in a non-slave state.

We have a year of exciting and informative events and activities planned around our theme. Please join us for an educational journey that takes place outside of the traditional classroom. We look forward to learning and being inspired by our guest speakers and special events centered on this landmark civil rights legislation.

Standing Together and only together will we continue to make much needed progress.