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Ideas Matter: The use and abuse of the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

February 5, 2021

Fourth podcast in the series on Race and Racism, theme of BoI charity’s event The Academy, held online in late 2020.

In this episode we feature the lecture ‘The use and abuse of the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement’.

The emergence of Black Lives Matter has been accompanied by renewed interest in the American civil rights movement that made such an impact in the 1960s. But what are the key attributes of that movement, and how should we assess today’s interpretation of its history and legacy?

Lecturer: Nicolas Kinloch, history teacher specialising in American history, former deputy president of the Historical Association and a Teacher Fellow of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

The Academy II was a half day online event via zoom that took place in November 2020. 

To view the full programme and some suggested background reading to the talks, please visit

For this lecture on civil rights, we you may wish to read:-

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