Synopsis by Steve Blackburn
From the days of Reconstruction after the Civil War, when President Grant sent U.S. troops to fight the Ku Klux Klan, the American government has been involved in securing and protecting the rights of African-Americans. In the 20th century, the Supreme Court became a crucial ally for civil rights activists. African-American author and commentator Haskell Ward hosts this fourth video of a series that examines the history of black Americans. This installment features interviews with a variety of prominent African-Americans, such as the Reverend Jesse Jackson and Vernon Jordan Jr., who clarify the pros and cons of the Reagan-Bush administrations in relation to African-American issues. This program also studies the importance of the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, KS, which overturned the long-standing status quo of "separate but equal." Highlights include an introduction by the late Arthur Ashe, as well as archival footage. Ward is the author of African Development Reconsidered: New Perspectives From the Continent.