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Race, Justice & Democracy

American Fault Line: Race and the American Ideal

April 11, 2016

Live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), join PBS for a conversation with documentarian Ken Burns and scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., together with NPR’s Michel Martin to discuss race — the prevailing political fault line in the US — its significance in their understanding of America, its importance in their work and how, as a nation, we deal with it today.

The evening is part of a multi-city tour that began recently in Charleston and is complemented with clips from Jackie Robinson, Burns’s forthcoming film about the impact and legacy of the first black major league baseball player, and Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, Gates’s chronicle of the civil rights movement culminating in the election of President Obama.

Watch the full conversation above.