Sunday, August 3, 2014
More Powerful Than An Army
As the 50th anniversary approaches of enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an American Forum special mini-documentary featuring leading scholars from around the U.S. examines how the law ending racial segregation also radically opened new opportunities for women, gays and lesbians, Native Americans, and other ethnicities. The episode will also explore Supreme Court decisions suggesting trouble ahead for the U.S. law viewed as the most historic of the 20th century. (This episode also kicks off a special series of rebroadcasts during summer 2014 marking the 50th anniversary of FREEDOM SUMMER and the peak of the Civil Rights Movement.)
Sunday, August 10, 2014
John F. Kennedy's Breakthrough On Civil Rights
Historian William Jones discusses forgotten aspects of the historic 1963 march on Washington, President Kennedy's misunderstood perspective on Civil Rights-his initial reluctance to embrace the Movement and then the essential role he and brother Bobby Kennedy played in the most transformative social struggle in American history.