Civil Rights Legislation And Presidential Administrations

U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson reaches to shake hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. after presenting the civil rights leader with one of the 72 pens used to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in Washington, D.C., on July 2, 1964. Surrounding the president, from left, are, Rep. Roland Libonati, D-Ill., Rep. Peter Rodino, D-N.J., Rev. King, Emanuel Celler, D-N.Y., and behind Celler is Whitney Young, executive director of the National Urban League. (AP Photo)
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In the 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, how have civil rights causes and other social and economic justice movements fared under presidential administrations?

Emory University’s Dr. Carol Anderson discusses the decades since the civil rights movement, including the racial climate under President Donald Trump’s administration, as well as criminal justice reform and the efforts of current civil rights causes.

Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She’s also the author of the 2016 book “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.”