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Highlights This Weekend on American History TV March 31-April 2, 2018

by NinaShelton

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Saturday – 8am Monday March 31 – April 2, 2018  

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Sunday 8:30 - 10am ET LIVE
1968: America in Turmoil: Civil Rights & Race Relations
Martin Luther King, Jr. titled his 1967 book, "Where Do We Go From Here?" He was still asking that question in 1968 as he focused on economic equality and the "Poor People's Campaign." It's why he was in Memphis when he was assassinated on April 4. The Black Power movement was rising in influence. African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised clenched fists at the Mexico City Olympics. LBJ's Kerner Commission declared that the country was becoming two societies, "one black, one white." Was there a national civil rights agenda?

Our guests are former Black Panther and Emory University Law School senior lecturer Kathleen Cleaver and Peniel Joseph, history and public affairs professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of "Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama" and of "Stokely: A Life." 
 

Saturday 10pm & Sunday 10am & 4pm ET
Reel America: Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination – 1968
Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The Nobel Peace Prize-winner had been in the city to support a sanitation workers strike. On Reel America, we'll air three programs:
•Walter Cronkite of CBS News announcing King's assassination, followed by President Johnson's statement. 
•A half-hour CBS News Special Report from the day after the assassination. News anchor Harry Reasoner and news correspondents report on widespread burning and looting in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, and the reaction of President Lyndon Johnson and other leaders. The report also includes a segment from Memphis showing where and how the assassination happened, and Martin Luther King's body on view in a funeral home.
•From April 9, 1968, CBS coverage of the funeral in Atlanta.

 

Sunday 8am & 9pm ET
White House Easter Egg Roll
We interviewed landscape historian Jonathan Pliska about his book, "The White House Easter Egg Roll: A History for All Ages." He described how presidents and first families have hosted the annual White House tradition which began in 1878, and the changes that have been made along the way, including the addition of bands, costumed characters and keepsake wooden eggs. The interview was recorded a block from the White House at Decatur House – the home of the White House Historical Association, which published the book.

American History TV. All weekend - every weekend. Only on C-SPAN3.