Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, a landmark piece of legislation that outlawed discrimination pertaining to race, sex, religion and origin. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, PBS Newshour is asking people to share their memories of the legislation’s passage. Over the next couple months, Newshour wants to know:
For 13 years, filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson turned the cameras on their son Idris Brewster and his best friend Seun Summers as they attended one of the most prestigious private schools in New York City. The result of editing more than 500 hours of footage into 135 minutes is the documentary, "American Promise", a film that chronicles the difficulties two boys face as black males in a predominantly white institution. GPB spoke with the directors about the film and how they plan to continue the conversation around black male achievement.
A PBS documentary premiering tonight on GPBTV takes a closer look at how slavery lingered in the South long after it was outlawed. The film "Slavery by Another Name" derived its name and factual heft from a book authored by former Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Douglas Blackmon. The writer visited Savannah many times in recent years to talk about the central thesis of the book and film.
Ken Burns is back with a follow-up to the most watched series in the history of public television. His series -- ‘Baseball’ -- first aired in 1994. Edgar Treiguts sits down with the filmmaker for a special interview.