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Prime Time Highlights for Week of April 2-6

by NinaShelton

American History TV Prime Time Schedule
Monday - Friday April 2-6, 2018
Starts at 8pm Each Night on C-SPAN 3

 

Monday, April 2
White House Easter Egg Roll
An interview with landscape historian Jonathan Pliska about his book, "The White House Easter Egg Roll: A History for All Ages," on how presidents and first families have hosted the annual White House tradition since 1878, and the changes that have been made along the way. The interview took place a block from the White House at Decatur House – the home of the White House Historical Association.

Tuesday, April 3
Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination 50th Anniversary/> 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 this night, we'll air three programs from our "Reel America" series, which looks at history through archival films.
• 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
• From April 9, 1968, a portion of the CBS News coverage of the funeral in Atlanta

Wednesday, April 4
Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination 50th Anniversary - LIVE 8pm - 11pm
As part of C-SPAN's coverage of events in Memphis commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, we'll be LIVE on C-SPAN 3 for an evening of remarks and panel discussions with civil rights leaders both past and present on MLK's life and legacy. Speakers will include Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Marian Wright Edelman, Diane Nash, Gina Belafonte and Tamika Mallory. The event takes place at the Crosstown Concourse in Memphis and is organized by the National Civil Rights Museum.

Thursday, April 5
Robert F. Kennedy Presidential Campaign
Fifty years ago, on March 16, 1968, New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy announced his run for the Democratic nomination for president in the Russell Senate Office Building's historic caucus room - now named the Kennedy Caucus Room. We'll show RFK's announcement and press conference as broadcast by CBS News, part of our "Reel America" series.

Friday, April 6
William F. Buckley & Conservative Politics 
Two panels of friends and former colleagues discussing the life and legacy of William F. Buckley Jr., who died in 2008. The National Review founder is often credited with shaping modern conservatism through his writing and TV appearances. Speakers include National Review senior editor Richard Brookhiser, Media Research Center founder and president Brent Bozell, and Heritage Foundation founder Edwin Feulner. The National Review Institute hosted this event.

American History TV. All weekend - every weekend. And also in Prime Time this week. Only on C-SPAN3.