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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

C-SPAN: Roundtable with Hollywood Stars On The Civil Rights Movement

James Baldwin & Marlin Brando
C-SPAN: Roundtable with Hollywood Stars On The Civil Rights Movement

Hollywood was very important to the civil rights movement, because of the attention and money that these entertainers could bring to the movement. And get support for it from their fans and people who wanted to be part of it. The 1960s was perfect decade for the civil rights movement simply because of the importance of television and TV news specifically, especially network news. So people could see exactly what African-American freedom fighters and other freedom fighters were going through, trying to accomplish and the opposition that they were up against in their struggle.

Similar to how television has impacted American politics, American sports and American entertainment in general, with people being able to see movies on TV, it was the platform that put the civil rights movement on the top. That got national news media behind it and won the support of two Democratic president’s in Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and won the votes in Congress. Brought enough moderate Republicans in the House and Senate to go along with the Progressive Democrats that were already in favor of equal rights and civil rights laws to pass those bills.