Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Taylor Branch on Citizenship, Freedom, and Civil Rights

Taylor Branch
Credit Stephanie Hughes
Tom Hall talks with Civil Rights leader Julian Bond and historian Taylor Branch.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch wrote the acclaimed America in the King Years trilogy, which is considered the seminal history of the American civil rights movement. Taylor Branch is teaching a course this semester on the subject of Citizenship and Freedom at the University of Baltimore, which is available online to people around the world. 

The course includes personal appearances by some of the major figures in the civil rights movement, including Julian Bond, who helped form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, served in the Georgia Legislature, and who worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King.  He is the chair Emeritus of the NAACP and the President Emeritus of the Southern Poverty Law Center.  He’ll be speaking at the Citizenship and Freedom class tomorrow night, which is open to the public. Taylor Branch joins Tom Hall in the studio, and Julian Bond joins us on the phone from his home in Washington. 

If you’re in Baltimore tomorrow night, you can sit-in on Taylor Branch’s "Citizenship and Freedom" class, which will feature Julian Bond. The class meets from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium on the first floor of the University of Baltimore Learning Commons Building, at the corner of Mt. Royal Avenue and Maryland Avenue.  It’s free, and seats are first come, first served. The Learning Commons building is marked #4 on this UB campus map, and parking is available nearby in the Fitzgerald Garage marked #20.

On Tuesday night, May 6, you can tune in on-line to see and hear Harry Belafonte, who will share his perspective on Dr. King and the movement. There are no seats available for people to attend in person, but online visitors from the United States and abroad can access the May 6 class by free livestream video between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. EST. Visitors to the live class can submit questions and comments on Twitter via the hashtag #freedomclass. For a limited time afterward, visitors will be able to access a free video recording of the May 6 class. Go to the class website for access