Bill Moyers – Economic Justice

Matin Luther King was shot on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

From Bill Moyers:

Theologian James Cone and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch join Bill to discuss Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of economic justice, and how so little has changed for America’s most oppressed.

“Justice is so central for King and why poverty became the focus of his ministry after civil rights and voting rights — because civil rights and voting rights are not going to get rid of poverty,” Cone tells Bill.

Branch says Dr. King “had this incredible conclave of people who didn’t know each other. And he said, ‘If we can’t agree together that there’s poverty and a common approach that’s bigger than race, then we should stop now.’”

6 Responses

  1. I saw this program and I’m glad that  there are those who continue to  assert  that Dr. King was more than desegregating public facilities.  I remember tent city and how that was washed out by the rain and the disillusionment that followed his assassination. Bill Moyers has always been at the front of presenting all sides and a balanced approach to the issues of the day.  I’ve always respected his journalistic skills and sense of fairness.

  2. CarolynMoon in my opinion, one of the things that makes Martin Luther King, so great, was the fact that he wasn’t simply fighting for justice for himself or Blacks in America. The fact is he was fighting for justice for all.
    Bill Moyers has a way of delving into a subject that seems to be unparalleled. He has a wonderful ability to get really knowledgeable guests and asked thoughtful questions which elicit thoughtful, not knee-jerk, responses. Bill Moyers, in my opinion, is truly an American icon.
    Thanks for your thoughtful comments

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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