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Realizing the Civil Rights Dream explains how America can realize the civil rights dream in the 21st century – if U.S. citizens take actions as individuals as well as work together for full participation of all. Asks―and answers―the troubling question: Why have the civil rights hopes of the 1960s not yet been realized? Demonstrates the relationship between what happens in everyday life and racism's persistence. Presents a framework for understanding how social forces preserve racism

President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

Note: This article originally appeared in the January 2018 edition of the Newsletter of Global Peace Services USA.

The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge—What I Learned

Kenneth Bedell

On February 5, 2009 one of Barack Obama’s first acts as president was to amend and reissue President G. W.

Ken Bedell Bio

Ken Bedell earned his doctorate in sociology at Temple University. Before that he earned graduate degrees in education at New York University, in theology at the University of South Africa and Colgate Rochester/Crozer Divinity School, and in chemistry at Cornell University.

Ken was elected to the board of directors of


Ken Bedell's Realizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism is a roadmap to understanding racism and its affect and influence on civil rights efforts and policy makers during the 1960s and beyond.