“We the People: Nebraska Stories of Civil Rights” Video on YouTube

Check out the NSHS’s new video on YouTube!

During the Nebraska History Museum’s “We the People”: The Nebraska Viewpoint exhibit, visitors were invited to tell their own stories in a video booth. Now the best of these recordings have been edited into a five-minute video called We the People: Nebraska Stories of Civil Rights. The video is the work of Joy Carey, a UNL broadcast news major and NSHS editorial assistant in the Publications Division.

What do these stories have in common?

A man tells of coming to America after the Rwandan genocide; a woman remembers being required to use her husband’s name to sign up for a credit card; a woman talks about a bus driver being killed in a 1960s race riot; a young immigrant from Iraq tells of discrimination after 9/11 and of his pride in being an American citizen.

In each case, ideas such as civil rights, equal protection, and liberty become deeply personal—tied to vivid memories of what happens when these civic values are absent.

We hope you enjoy this video and share the link with your friends and colleagues.

–David Bristow, Associate Director, Publications

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