Senator Jerome Hart, Commencement Address, 1963


Senator Jerome Hart, Commencement Address, 1963


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Jerome T. Hart was a Democratic member of the Michigan Senate from 1965 through 1990. He served on the Michigan Democratic State Central Committee from 1959 through 1963 and was an alternate delegate to the 1964 Democratic National Convention. He was also an executive assistant to the state treasurer. In this commencement address, Hart focuses on the American Civil Rights Movement and the role of graduates in the struggle for racial equality. Hart tells graduates that they cannot afford to simply pay attention to the actions of politicians in regards to Civil Rights; person-to-person interactions must also change if a cultural shift is to take place.

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American Civil Rights Movement, John Kennedy, Jerome Hart

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Senator Jerome Hart, Commencement Address, 1963