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The New Negro (1957)



The New Negro

(1957)

29 minutes

Documentary

Cast: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Judge J. Waites Waring and Richard Heffner 

An invaluable 1957 PBS "The Open Mind" interview on the 'New Negro' and the state of Civil Rights with Rev. Martin Luther King and Judge J. Waites Waring, the judge who played a key role in the Briggs v. Elliot case.

The discussion includes reflections on the impact of Brown v. Board of Education. The interviewer is Richard D. Heffner who is still interviewing notables all these years later.

In retrospect, one of the more compelling moments in the show is when Heffner asks whether the two men think the violent resistance to civil rights will continue. Both men are optimistic -- King even suggests that the violence might die down in a matter of months.  
 
 
 




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