Alert
Close

Get free help preparing your taxes from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. Find a location

Highlights

Open
Military and Veterans Discount

FREE FUN!

AARP Games - Play Now!
AARP Staying Sharp: Keep Your Brain Healthy

 

You Could Choose Your Dream Vacation

Contests and
Sweeps

AARP’s Superstar
2015 Contest

Sing for a chance to win $5,000! Enter AARP’s Superstar 2015 Contest!
See official rules.

AARP Auto Buying Program

MOST POPULAR

Viewed

Inside E Street

Change Agents (When I'm 65)

Boomers’ drive for rights and freedom

Boomers are proud that their support for civil rights propelled America into a more color-blind society.  Their demand for Women’s Rights in the '70s led to a radically changed workplace in one generation.  Gay rights and immigrant rights movements are inspired and energized by Boomer’s support of equal rights. But how will this generation’s devotion to personal freedom play out in their old-age?  Will they continue to change the world as they cross the symbolic birthday of 65?

See also: 5 views from five boomers.

In the '60s, parents sent their boomer children to integrate schools.  We speak to Idabel Jones who sent her son Michael to Stratford Middle School in Arlington County, Virginia in 1959.  Michael was one of the first four African-American students who integrated Virginia schools.  Idabel and Michael remember the trying times and the great reward of being the pioneers in the Civil Rights movement.

Also, Lark McCarthy discusses the legacy of Civil Rights and Women’s Rights with Judy Richardson, co-editor of Hands on the Freedom Plow and associate producer of the PBS documentary series Eyes on the Prize and Lynn Sherr, former broadcast journalist.

This is the second of Inside E Street's occasional series,  When I'm 65.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

 

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Members save on first-year membership fees to  AARP® Roadside Assistance from Allstate.

AARP Credit card from Chase

Members can earn 3% cash back on purchases with the AARP® Credit Card from Chase.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.