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Friday, April 11 – Friday, April 18: National Civil Rights Museum Forum

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Bernard Lafayette



Ray Terry



Marian Wright Edelman

Bill Robinson



Barry Goldstein



Hasan Kwame Jeffries

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed by a shot from a high-powered rifle while standing on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. The Lorraine is now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum, which recently completed a $28 million renovation.

Last week, on the 46th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, a group of renowned civil rights lawyers, scholars and activists gathered to celebrate the museum’s reopening with a forum on the signing 50 years ago of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This week, we broadcast excerpts from three panels moderated by Tavis.

In the first hour, panelists recall early efforts to pass civil rights legislation and the country’s climate immediately following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We’ll hear from Bernard Lafayette, longtime civil rights activist and Freedom Award honoree; Bill Robinson, founding Dean of the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia and former litigator for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Ray Terry, a retired attorney who worked at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; and Barry Goldstein, managing partner at the civil rights law firm of Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho in Oakland, CA, and former director of the Washington, DC office of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

In the second hour, we’ll hear from Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, on the role of young people in the civil rights movement and on the current state of America’s children; and Hasan Kwame Jeffries, professor of African American history at Ohio State University and lead scholar for the renovation of the National Civil Rights Museum.

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