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Roundtable: The March on Washington & The Future of the Civil Rights Movement

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Joining The Takeaway to discuss the future of the civil rights movement and what can be done to accomplish the objectives of the March on Washington, which took place 50 years ago today, is Farai Chideya, a distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Journalism Institute; Peter Blair Henry, the Dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business; and George Packer, a staff writer at The New Yorker.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Democratic Debate Recap; Illegal Dog Breeds; MLK 50 Years Later; Constitutional Dress

Thursday, August 22, 2013

David Chen of the New York Times provides analysis of last night's Democratic mayoral debate, and takes your calls on whether or not the candidates said anything that changed how you plan to vote. Plus: Historian Taylor Branch traces history of the civil rights movement over the 50 years since the March on Washington; how laws restrict the way we dress; the White House takes a stance on legislation targeting dog breeds such as the pit bull; and calls on your favorite public art.

The Takeaway

MLK's Original 'I Have A Dream' Speech

Friday, June 21, 2013

We all know Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But it turns out August 1963 wasn't the first time that King delivered that speech. A few months earlier, on June 23, Dr. King led more than 100,000 people in a march through Detroit, where he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech for the first time. Journalist Tony Brown witnessed the original "Dream" speech, and Brown coordinated Dr. King’s 1963 Freedom Walk in Detroit.

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The Takeaway

Fifty Years After Medgar Evers' Assassination

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

50 years ago, the U.S. lost a civil rights activist when Medgar Evers was assassinated in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi. Evers fought valiantly in France and Germany in World War 2 and came back to go to school at Alcorn College. He became field secretary for the NAACP in Mississippi and took on the white businesses directly with protests and boycotts.

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The Takeaway

50 Years Later, the Birmingham Class of 1963 Finally Gets a Prom

Friday, May 17, 2013

There was no prom for the high school seniors of Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. The prom, along with other normal high school end-of-the-year activities in these schools were cancelled in response to the protests known as the Children's Crusade in early May that year. But today, fifty years later, members of the class of 1963 are reuniting in Birmingham for the prom they never had. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rosa Parks, Activist

Monday, February 04, 2013

On the 100th anniversary of Rosa Parks' birth, Jeanne Theoharis, author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, talks about her new biography and its focus on Parks' activism.

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The Takeaway

Is the Gay Rights Movement Akin to the Civil Rights Movement?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

In a landmark moment for the gay rights movement in America, President Barack Obama announced, for the first time, his support of gay marriage. This comes years after Obama’s views on the issue have "evolved." In an interview with ABC News on Tuesday, Obama told Robin Roberts, "I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married." Many gay rights leaders have long compared their fight to the black civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s. But do the two compare?

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The Takeaway

Moynihan Report Still a Source of Controversy

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Moynihan Report is a source of tremendous controversy to this day, with many arguing that it offers little more than an implicitly racist "blame the victim" critique, and many others arguing that it offers a clear-eyed and prescient account of a pernicious social ill. James T. Patterson, the Ford Foundation professor of history emeritus at Brown University, has written about the study in his book "Freedom Is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America’s Struggle Over Black Family Life from LBJ to Obama," which is being released next week.

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