Civil Rights 50 Years On

Martin Luther King, August 28, 1963

 

GUEST: Douglas Blackmon, Pulitzer Prize Winning author of Slavery By Another Name and Co-Executive Producer of the celebrated PBS Documentary by the same name;  Chair and Host of the Miller Center Forum at the University of Virginia.


TOPIC:  
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, scholar and historian Doug Blackmon celebrates the significant gains that have been made in America, but considers too where we continue to fall short as a country. He also considers the very real parallels between the era of Jim Crow in the aftermath of the Civil War and the mass incarceration of men of color in the War on Drugs over the last few decades. The discussion also explores changes to election laws around the country that some have said will make it harder for African-Americans to vote.


ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE:
  Thursday, August 22, 2013.