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1968: America in Turmoil: Civil Rights & Race Relations

by NinaShelton

C-SPAN3's American History TV
 Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 8:30am ET LIVE
1968: America in Turmoil: Civil Rights & Race Relations 

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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:
-Kathleen Cleaver, former Black Panther and Emory University Law School senior lecturer 
-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." 

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