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Thursday, September 20, 2007

  • As Civil Rights Activists Converge from Across the Nation, Louisiana Prosecutor Breaks Public Silence to Defend Case Against Jena Six


    Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to gather today in the tiny town of Jena, Louisiana, for a rally to support six African-American students — known as the Jena Six — who were initially charged with attempted murder for allegedly beating a white student in a schoolyard fight. On Wednesday, the Reverend Al Sharpton spoke after meeting with the jailed Jena Six member Mychal Bell. District Attorney Reed Walters also broke his public silence to defend his prosecution of the Jena Six. [includes rush transcript]

  • Fifty Years Since Little Rock Nine, New HBO Documentary Tells the Story of a Defining Civil Rights Struggle


    Celebrations are being prepared in Little Rock, Arkansas, for the 50th anniversary of one of the pivotal events of the civil rights era. In September 1957, three years after the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling, a group of African-American students attempted to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock. They were escorted into the school by armed National Guard after local authorities vowed to block their entry. We speak with one of the Little Rock Nine, Minnijean Brown-Trickey, and the filmmakers Craig and Brent Renaud, creators of the new HBO documentary "Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later." [includes rush transcript]

  • Report from Jena: Thousands Gather in Louisiana to Rally for Jena Six


    Independent journalist Rick Rowley joins us from Jena, Louisiana, for a live report on the protests in support of the Jena Six. We get reaction from Little Rock Nine member Minnijean Brown-Trickey. [includes rush transcript]

  • Latino, African-American Voices Highlighted in New Documentaries on World War II Soldiers


    The new PBS documentary "The War" sparked controversy because it originally excluded the voices of any Latino or Native American veterans. Under pressure, director Ken Burns agreed to add 28 minutes of footage including interviews with two Latino veterans and one Native American. We speak to the filmmakers of two companion documentaries highlighting Latino and African-American voices: Julie Cohen of "New York Goes to War" and Sam Toperoff of "New York War Stories." [includes rush transcript]