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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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National Civil Rights Museum Forum, April 4, 2014

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NCR Museum Forum

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum. Last week, 46 years to the day of Dr. King’s death, the museum marked its reopening after an extensive renovation with a forum, moderated by Tavis, to discuss the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Friday, April 4 – Friday, April 11

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Drew Altman


Carol Powell


Althea René


Alexander Moore


Derrius Quarles


George Johnson


Charlie Siskel

Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence


Melinda Myers


Carlotta Gall



Christopher Brown


Claude Johnson


John Maloof

The initial open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act came to an end with 7.1 million people signed up.  The enrollment deadline marked a significant milestone for the health care law, but it did not end the debate over its effectiveness. Drew Altman, president and chief executive officer of the Kaiser Family Foundation, joins us for a look at what’s next for Obamacare.

A multimedia project created by two African-American sophomores at Harvard University explores the experience of students of color in a campaign called, “I, Too, Am Harvard”. Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence, who started the project, and Carol Powell, who photographed the multimedia campaign, join us.

Spring is here, and while it’s still cold in many parts of the country, it’s time to start tending to the land, whether it’s a window pot or a vegetable garden or a sculptured landscape. Horticulture expert Melinda Myers gives us “Five Things You Should Know About…Gardening”.

Flautist Althea René has spent much of her life successfully meeting challenges and overcoming obstacles. She’s the first flute player to hit the top of both the Billboard and Smooth Jazz charts, and she joins us to discuss the latest single from her hit album, “In the Flow”.

The weekend’s elections in Afghanistan marked the first democratic transfer of power in the nation’s history. But is that enough to declare the long military campaign there a success? In a new book, “The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014”, “New York Times” correspondent Carlotta Gall chronicles the battles, tragedies and missteps that have plagued the region for more than a decade.

Last summer, Tavis partnered with the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland to launch a $75,000 Social Innovation Challenge to aspiring entrepreneurs. They were tasked with developing creative solutions to pressing societal issues like poverty, hunger and educational opportunity. We talk to the winners of our inaugural challenge: Alexander Moore, director of development & communications at DC Central Kitchen, Christopher Brown, regional executive director of BUILD, and Derrius Quarles, CEO of Million Dollar Scholar.

As the NBA playoffs approach, it may come as a surprise to learn that there was a time when the league had no Black players. Instead, African Americans played on the pioneering “Black Fives” teams that existed prior to 1950, and those teams are now being honored in an exhibit at the New-York Historical Society. Claude Johnson, the founder and executive director of the Black Fives Foundation, joins us.

In the 3-minute Sports Drill, George Johnson discusses how back surgery could change Tiger Woods’ career, and NFL wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s release from the Philadelphia Eagles.

When filmmaker John Maloof bid on a box of old negatives at an estate auction, he stumbled upon  thousands of photos taken by Vivian Maier, an unknown street photographer with a keen eye and the ability to capture compelling images. She was also a career nanny who shared her incredible photographs with no one. In the documentary, “Finding Vivian Maier”, Maloof traces Maier’s mysterious history Maloof and his co-director, Charlie Siskel, join us to discuss their documentary.

Drew Altman – Affordable Care Act Update

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Drew Altman

The initial open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act came to an end with 7.1 million people signed up. The White House declared that the new law is surpassing expectations, and while the enrollment deadline marked a significant milestone for the health care law, it did not end the debate over its effectiveness. Drew Altman, president and chief executive officer of the Kaiser Family Foundation, joins us for a look at what’s next for Obamacare.

Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence and Carol Powell – “I, Too, Am Harvard”

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Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence

A multimedia project created by two African-American sophomores at Harvard University explores the experience of students of color in a campaign called, “I, Too, Am Harvard”. Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence, who started the project, and Carol Powell, who photographed the multimedia campaign, join us to discuss the project and the changes they hope to see on Harvard’s campus.

Melinda Myers – “Five Things You Should Know About…Gardening”

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Melinda Myers

Spring is here, and while it’s still cold in many parts of the country, it’s time to start tending to the land, whether it’s a window pot or a vegetable garden or a sculptured landscape. But before you go to your local nursery, listen as horticulture expert Melinda Myers gives us “Five Things You Should Know About…Gardening”.

Althea René – “In the Flow”

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Althea René

Flautist Althea René has spent much of her life successfully meeting challenges and overcoming obstacles. She established her career while raising two boys as a single mother and working days as a deputy sheriff in Detroit courthouses. She’s the first flute player to hit the top of both the Billboard and Smooth Jazz charts, and she joins us to discuss the latest single from her hit album, “In the Flow”.

Carlotta Gall – “The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014”

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Carlotta Gall

The weekend’s elections in Afghanistan marked the first democratic transfer of power in the nation’s history. But is that enough to declare the long military campaign there a success? In a new book, “The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014”, “New York Times” correspondent Carlotta Gall chronicles the battles, tragedies and missteps that have plagued the region for more than a decade.

Alexander Moore, Christopher Brown, Derrius Quarles – Social Innovation Challenge Winners

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Alexander Moore

Last summer, Tavis partnered with the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland to launch a $75,000 Social Innovation Challenge to aspiring entrepreneurs. They were tasked with developing creative solutions to pressing societal issues like poverty, hunger and educational opportunity. We talk to the winners of our inaugural challenge: Alexander Moore, director of development & communications at DC Central Kitchen, Christopher Brown, regional executive director of BUILD, and Derrius Quarles, CEO of Million Dollar Scholar.

Claude Johnson – “Black Fives” Basketball

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Claude Johnson

As the NBA playoffs approach, it may come as a surprise to learn that there was a time when the league had no Black players. Instead, African Americans played on the pioneering “Black Fives” teams that existed prior to 1950, and those teams are now being honored in an exhibit at the New-York Historical Society. Claude Johnson, the founder and executive director of the Black Fives Foundation, joins us.