Nile Rodgers presents a three part documentary series covering the struggle for black civil rights in the 1960s, featuring eye-witness testimony from activists.


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 01America's Civil Rights Struggle20140618To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, former Black Panther and music legend Nile Rodgers begins a four-part assessment of the struggle for African-American civil rights in the 1960s and beyond.
Featuring interviews with senior civil rights leaders and close aides of Martin Luther King, and a soundtrack of songs that drove the movement forward.
This week: how the mass campaign of non-violent resistance spread across the nation, how black and white Freedom Riders defied segregation on America's buses and how music became a potent force for the civil rights movement.
This programme was first broadcast in 2004.
 02 20040713 
 02America's Civil Rights Struggle20140625To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, former Black Panther and music legend Nile Rodgers continues a four-part assessment of the struggle for African-American civil rights in the 1960s and beyond.
Featuring interviews with senior civil rights leaders and close aides of Martin Luther King, and a soundtrack of songs that drove the movement forward.
This week: thousands march on Washington to hear Martin Luther King outline his dream for black Americans; President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act and the brutal suppression of black protest becomes international news.
This programme was first broadcast in 2004. On Wednesday 9 July, Motown legend Martha Reeves will narrate the fourth episode in the series: a brand new programme about the legacy of the civil rights movement in contemporary America.
Walking with the Wind03America's Civil Rights Struggle20140702To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, former Black Panther and music legend Nile Rodgers continues a four-part assessment of the struggle for African-American civil rights in the 1960s and beyond.

Featuring interviews with senior civil rights leaders and close aides of Martin Luther King, and a soundtrack of songs that drove the movement forward.

This week, Nile explores the rise of soul power, black power and the Black Panthers, and the death of Martin Luther King.

This programme was first broadcast in 2004. Next Wednesday, 9 July 2014, Motown legend Martha Reeves will narrate the fourth and final episode in this series: a brand new programme about the legacy of the civil rights movement in contemporary America.
Walking with the Wind03America's Civil Rights Struggle20140702 
 03 LAST 20040720Today, the rise in black power and the death of Martin Luther King 
 04 LASTAmerica's Civil Rights Struggle20140709Motown 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.

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  • 57 Minutes

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  • History
  • Factual

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