The Fight for Civil Rights and Equality: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow by Paul Levy.


The issue of civil rights has been in the news, often in highly charged ways, for most or all of the lives of most Leisure World residents.  While we tend to think of civil rights as a US issue, it is clearly not. Indeed, few days go by without articles in the newspapers and on TV and radio about the rights of immigrants that are now entering Europe from the Middle East. Indeed, this author was rather distressed, on several recent trips to Budapest, to hear the same language used here about minorities being used by the Roma (Gypsies) that are found throughout eastern Europe.

Even as issues of civil rights for African-American’s, women, the LGBT community and others continues to be major news, it is also true that in the last 75 years, our nation has seen dramatic changes in civil rights and the quest for the attainment of equality. And, all of us have been part of the movement towards civil rights, whether as active participants such as Martin Luther King’s historic marches to just thinking about how we are impacted by the issues and the need for change.

The thrust of the course will be to examine civil rights from 1940 to the present. The course will examine where we have been, where we are now, and what the future may hold for the poor and middle classes, racial minorities, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered person. The major topics of the class will include: Rights and equality issues for Asians and Latinos;  the 1964 Civil Rights Act and its impact and future changes; the 1965 Civil Rights Act; LGBT rights and equality issues; and women’s rights and equality issues.

To bring discussion of civil rights to Leisure World, the Center for Life Long Learning (CLL – presents a course entitled “The Fight for Civil Rights and Equality: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.”  The course will be led by Paul H. Levy, a LW resident and an instructor with deep interests in politics, history, law, and social justice.  The course will run for four weeks starting Tuesday September 29 and continuing until October 27.  It will take place at 10 am.