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.
At 8pm ET, David and Satoko Ackerman, one-time classmates of the Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Chicago Theological Seminary, who answered Dr. King’s plea for “all people of goodwill” to go to Selma, Alabama to stand against racial segregation, and who soon realized how they – a white man and a Japanese woman – were being safeguarded by those they had traveled to Alabama to protect.
At 9:05pm ET, the Newseum marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, a Mississippi field officer for the NAACP when he was killed in 1963. We hear from Evers’ widow Myrlie Evers-Williams, former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, and Jerry Mitchell, an investigative reporter whose work helped convict – some 30 years later – segregationist Byron De La Beckwith in Evers’ murder.
Then at 10:20pm ET, University of Michigan history professor Howard Brick examines the Black Power Movement in the 1960s. While the Civil Rights Movement led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. sought equality through non-violent civil disobedience, an emerging Black Power Movement in the mid-1960s -- guided variously by Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael and the leaders of the Black Panther Party -- sought change through black nationalism and separatism.