JFK MLK RFK 1960-1968 - October 23, 2005
October 23, 2005 2:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Theodore C. Sorensen, Special Counsel to President Kennedy; Harris Wofford, President Kennedy’s chairman for the Subcabinet Group on Civil Rights; Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pillar of Fire; and Robert Moses, pivotal organizer for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and director of the Mississippi Project in the early 1960s, looked at the years 1960 to 1963 when Martin Luther King, Jr. engaged the President and the Attorney General in the battle to extend civil rights to all. Marian Wright Edelman, founder and chairman of the Children’s Defense Fund and an organizer of Dr. King’s Poor People’s March, then joined Peter Edelman, aide to Robert F. Kennedy; and Elaine Jones, former President of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, in a look at the years 1963 to 1968 and the continuing relationship between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy concerning civil rights and their growing opposition to the Vietnam War. NPR's Senior Correspondent Juan Williams moderated.
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