Motown legend and former Detroit city councillor Martha Reeves presents the fourth and final episode of this documentary series covering America's struggle for black civil rights in the 1960s, and the legacy of that movement.
Over the past 3 weeks we've heard how the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s brought about change. Now, 50 years after the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, this week, Martha picks up where Nile Rodgers left off and assesses the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1990s, 2000s and beyond.
This is a brand new programme considering the legacy of the movement and asks: has the dream been realised?
Taking in riots, controversial episodes and the election of America's first black president, the programme ponders whether African-Americans are living through the best of times or the worst of times. It also explores the ongoing campaigns that have used the Civil Rights Movement as a template, including the ongoing push for gay rights. With R&B, blues and hip-hop music inspired by the key events and issues.
We hear from singer John Legend and actress Tatyana Ali, both active in Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Singer Bettye LaVette describes her feelings on performing at Obama's Inaugural Celebration, while author and civil rights activist Miriam DeCosta-Willis reflects on the movement she took part in 50 years ago. We also hear from Martin Castro, Chairman of The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, UCLA Professor Brenda Stevenson and hip hop expert Dr James Peterson. They discuss America's recent history â€" from 1992's Los Angeles race riots to other, non-race related civil rights developments - to shed light on civil rights in the 21st century as well as their hopes for the future.
Contributors include singers John Legend, Bettye Lavette and Tatyana Ali, academics Brenda Stevenson and James Peterson, chairman of the Civil Rights Commission Martin Castro and Civil Rights veteran Miriam DeCosta-Willis.