Mission Speaker Christopher Richardson Shares Stories of the Civil Rights Movement

ACS Chief Christopher Richardson talks at the IES Rosa Chacel

To honor the Civil Rights movement during African-American History Month, ACS Chief Christopher Richardson delivered a talk at the IES Rosa Chacel -a local public high school in the Madrid suburb of Colmenar Viejo, to around 70 eleventh- and twelfth-grade students on the key episodes and heroes of the American civil rights movement. Consul Richardson is a true expert on the subject: he is the author and editor of the Historical Dictionary of the Civil Rights Movement (2015), an encyclopedia explaining the events, people, and legal cases that defined the American Civil Rights Movement.  The students were fascinated to learn how Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others challenged racism in America and made the United States a more fair society for all. His talk was also full of personal references and stories on how his grandparents had lived and coped with these challenging and often dangerous realities in the 1950s and 60s.