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The Negro and the American Promise by Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Negro and the American Promise

by Martin Luther King, Jr.


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In this hour long TV program from 1962, Professor Kenneth Clark interviews Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin about the African American community and dealing with racism in the United States. These prominent figures of the civil rights movement are interviewed for 20 minutes each, and Dr. Clark asks them critical questions about their approaches to civil rights.

Martin Luther King, Jr. argues for the power of nonviolent resistance, and Malcolm X disagrees with Dr. King's nonviolent approach and posits that blacks should separate themselves from whites and form their own communities. James Baldwin comments on the philosophies of both these civil rights figures and also the realities of living as an African American in the 1960s. This is an excellent program from the WGBH archives that serves as a very brief introduction to these thinkers and activists at a critical point in the civil rights movement.

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