May 4 - 6, 2013  

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Oral Histories: Freeman Hrabowski 
Sat. 8 am, 8 pm ET   
Now the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Freeman Hrabowski was a 12-year-old living in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 when Martin Luther King Jr. appealed to children there to march for civil rights. At the direction of Congress, the voices and experiences from the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century are being documented in an oral history project, of which this interview is a part. The effort is a collaboration of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Library of Congress and the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before hearing from Mr. Hrabowski, we learn about the civil rights project from museum director Lonnie Bunch and curator Elaine Nichols.


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1963 Birmingham Civil Rights Campaign 

Sat. 9:40 am, 9:40 pm ET

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham civil rights campaign, which gained national attention after local officials used dogs and water cannons on young demonstrators after they took to the streets in what became known as the "Children's Crusade." In this program from the Alabama Historical Association's annual conference, a panel of authors and historians recall the turmoil of the time, as well as how Birmingham has chosen to remember its past.

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"Letter from Birmingham Jail" Historical Marker 

Sat. 11 am, 11 pm ET

On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail" while being held for his involvement in the Birmingham Campaign. Addressed to "My dear fellow clergymen," King answered their criticism of civil rights protests by declaring that "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Fifty years later, on this April 16, King's daughter, Bernice King--now CEO of the King Center in Atlanta-- joined Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Birmingham Mayor William Bell to unveil a historical marker at the Birmingham Jail. 


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First-Person Stories of the Birmingham Campaign 

Sun. noon, midnight ET

Veterans of the 1963 student protests gather at Birmingham's historic 16th Street Baptist Church to reflect on their experiences 50 years ago. They're joined by the president and CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Lawrence Pijeaux, and Barnett Wright, author of 1963: How the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Changed America and the World.  


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