Friday, August 28, 2020

C-SPAN3 PRESENTS "American Revolution of '63;" Civil Rights Leaders on Saturday 


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The American Revolution of ’63 – NBC News

WHEN: 1 pm ET Saturday

Less than one week after the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech, NBC News broadcast an extended look at the status of the civil rights movement. Reporting from 75 locations throughout the U.S., the program is organized into three parts to answer the questions: 

  1. How did this civil rights revolution begin? 
  2. What course is it following? 
  3. What are the effects of the revolution? 

Using NBC archival footage of many seminal civil rights moments, the broadcast includes appearances by well-known activists and integration opponents, protests and violent responses, and also covers slavery, the Civil War, Jim Crow laws in the South and racial prejudice in northern cities.  


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This week, we feature two programs from the C-SPAN archives. 

In December of 1986, writer James Baldwin spoke at the National Press Club on racism in America. He titled his speech "The World I Never Made." The appearance launched a coast-to-coast speaking tour that was one of Mr. Baldwin’s final efforts to explore the meaning and impact of race in American life. He died of cancer a year later in December 1987. 

That's followed an hour later by a C-SPAN American Profile interview with former Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) from June 1992. The first African American woman elected to Congress, she became, in 1972, the first woman and African American to seek a major party's presidential nomination. Ms. Chisholm, who died in 2005, talks about the struggles she faced throughout her career and comments on the 1992 presidential election in which Ross Perot emerged as a third party candidate. 

“The world is full of all kinds of people who live quite beyond the confines of the American imagination and who have nothing whatever to do with the guilt-ridden vision of the world which controls so much of our life and our thinking.”—JAMES BALDWIN (1986)