In collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, C-SPAN3’s American History TV presents the eyewitness accounts of the men and women who carried the civil rights movement forward through the tumultuous decades of the 1950s and 1960s.
As the country marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this August, American History TV highlights the voices and stories of the civil rights movement.
At 8pm. . .Freeman Hrabowski – now the president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County – recalls Dr. King’s 1963 appeal to children to march for civil rights and how, at 12, he answered the call only to be forced into a police wagon, detained behind bars in a juvenile facility and separated for five days from his parents.
At 9:35pm . . . a panel of authors and historians recall the turmoil of 1963, when the civil rights campaign in Birmingham gained national attention after local officials used dogs and water cannons on kids after they took to the streets in what was known as the “Children’s Crusade.”