After Words with Michael Long
Michael Long talked about the book he edited, First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson, published by Times… read more
Michael Long talked about the book he edited, First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson, published by Times Books. In the book he has collected the personal correspondences of Jackie Robinson. From Mr. Robinson’s integration of major league baseball to his involvement in the civil rights movement and national politics his letters reflect the political landscape of the fifties and sixties. Jackie Robinson’s correspondent’s included many national political figures such as Richard Nixon, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barry Goldwater. The guest interviewer was Kevin Merida, an associate editor of The Washington Post.
Michael Long is an associate religious studies professor at Elizabethtown College. He is the author of several books, including Billy Graham and the Beloved Community: America’s Evangelist and the Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Against Us, but for Us: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the State.
Kevin Merida is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has covered politics and culture for fifteen years. Mr. Merida is the co-author with Michael Fletcher of Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas. He is also the editor of Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril that originated as a series in The Washington Post. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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