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, we hear from Dorothy Cotton who went to work for the fledgling Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta alongside a young preacher named Martin Luther King Jr. She talks about King's 1968 assassination and recounts how it created “an incredible void that nobody could fill” within one of the nation’s most preeminent civil rights organizations.
Then at 10pm ET, George Mason University professor Suzanne Smith and her class discuss the Emmett Till case. She talks to them about the murder of the 14-year-old boy along with the investigation and subsequent trial. The class also explores race relations in Mississippi in the 1950s and Till’s emotional funeral.