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Preview: Tavis Smiley . Empowerment | PBS

Tavis Smiley . Empowerment | PBS



Empowerment



Published: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:30:06 PST

Last Build Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:30:06 PST

Copyright: Copyright (c) 2004-2009 The Smiley Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 



Rebecca Skloot

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 10:30:06 PST

Author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks describes the reaction to her book, which remains on the NYT best-seller list.



Clarence Jones

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 10:30:06 PST

Speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and author of Behind the Dream explains why Dr. King's "Dream" speech served as a beacon light that revealed who King was.



Isabel Wilkerson

Thu, 23 Dec 2010 10:30:06 PST

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discusses the legacy of the Great Migration of African Americans, which she writes about in her book The Warmth of Other Suns.



Clarence Jones

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 10:30:06 PST

Dr. Martin Luther King's personal attorney, speechwriter and close friend discusses his controversial Huffington Post opinion piece.



Tom Brokaw

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 10:30:06 PST

Veteran journalist discusses race relations in the U.S. today and describes the essence of American character.



Andrew Young

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 10:30:06 PST

Former U.N. ambassador comments on the impact of the current state of U.S. politics on global economic decisions.



Isabel Wilkerson

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 10:30:06 PST

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discusses the legacy of the Great Migration of African Americans and explains why it is so deeply embedded in American culture.



Benjamin Hooks and Dorothy Height Tribute

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 10:30:06 PST

Tavis pays a moving tribute to the two longtime civil rights activists.



Marc Morial

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 10:30:06 PST

National Urban League CEO discusses some of the findings in the organization's recently released annual State of Black America report.



Michelle Alexander

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 10:30:06 PST

Associate law professor and civil rights advocate explains the meaning of The New Jim Crow.



Myrlie Evers-Williams

Mon, 15 Feb 2010 10:30:06 PST

Longtime activist explains why she's worked to keep alive the name of her slain husband—civil rights leader Medgar Evers—and discusses her friendships with Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King and the NAACP in its centennial year.



Greensboro Four Tribute

Thu, 04 Feb 2010 10:30:06 PST

Tavis pays tribute to the Greensboro Four--college students who, 50 years ago, initiated a sit-in of the F.W. Woolworth's lunch counter in downtown Greensboro, NC.



Harry Belafonte

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:30:06 PST

Legendary entertainer, longtime activist and one of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s closest friends and confidants reflects on how he met Dr. King.



Terrence Roberts

Fri, 16 Oct 2009 10:30:06 PST

One of the 'Little Rock Nine' reflects on the therapeutic process of writing his memoir and whether the experience was worth it.



Jesse Jackson, Sr.

Tue, 06 Oct 2009 10:30:06 PST

Longtime activist weighs in on the recent rash of school violence in Chicago.



Eric Sundquist

Thu, 27 Aug 2009 10:30:06 PST

UCLA literature professor assesses the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



John Lewis

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 10:30:06 PST

Georgia representative discusses the late Sen. Kennedy's impact on Black America.



Vernon Jordan

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 10:30:06 PST

Civil rights attorney reflects on his personal friendship with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.



Vernon Jordan

Thu, 06 Aug 2009 10:30:06 PST

Civil rights activist, lawyer and political advisor discusses the future of capitalism and how President Obama is doing.



Debo Adegbile

Thu, 02 Jul 2009 10:30:06 PST

NAACP LDF lead litigator talks about the Voting Rights Act case he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.



Ashley Judd

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:30:06 PST

Actress reflects on the risk in combining her occupation with her activism and comments on whether she remains hopeful, given all that she's seen in her humanitarian work.



Eve Ensler

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:30:06 PST

Award-winning playwright and activist discusses her cancer battle and explains why working with the women of Democratic Republic of Congo to create the "City of Joy" saved her life.



Mary Bell

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:30:06 PST

Wisconsin Education Association Council president offers the latest details on the showdown between Gov. Walker and the public employee unions and explains why she feels the governor's plan goes too far.



Kenneth Cole

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:30:06 PST

Fashion designer and humanitarian talks about his passion for activism and social media's impact on the fashion industry.



David Beckmann

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:30:06 PST

Activist-economist and author of Exodus from Hunger gives advice on what everyday Americans can do to address hunger and poverty.



Serj Tankian

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:30:06 PST

Activist singer-songwriter discusses why he feels he must be both direct and indirect in his political statements.



Edward Norton

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 10:30:06 PST

Oscar-nominated actor discusses spiritual authenticity and the notion of judging and being judged as it plays out in his new film.



Tim Wise

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 10:30:06 PST

Colorblind author weighs in on the ongoing debates over the ideas of a post-racial America and solving racial tension by not talking so much about it.



Mavis Leno

Tue, 11 May 2010 10:30:06 PST

Chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation's Campaign to Help Afghan Women and Girls explains the connection between the Taliban and women in Afghanistan.



Donald Miller

Mon, 10 May 2010 10:30:06 PST

Father Fiction explains the fatherless generation and his coming to terms with his own experience.



Richard Dreyfuss

Fri, 07 May 2010 10:30:06 PST

Oscar-winning actor explains the impact of his profession on his activism and discusses his new film, The Lightkeepers, as a metaphor for the U.S.



Benjamin Hooks and Dorothy Height Tribute

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 10:30:06 PST

Tavis pays a moving tribute to the two longtime civil rights activists.



Gregory Boyle

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 10:30:06 PST

Homeboy Industries founder talks about dealing with the realities of gang life and what he hopes the takeaway will be for readers of his book.



Michael Moore

Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:30:06 PST

Oscar-winning filmmaker explains why he thinks things have gotten worse since the release of his top-grossing '09 documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story.



Van Jones

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 10:30:06 PST

Former White House environmental advisor and green jobs advocate comments on lessons learned about DC politics, the continued debate on global warming, how the conversation about the green economy has changed and his plans to make a positive contribution.



Myrlie Evers-Williams

Mon, 15 Feb 2010 10:30:06 PST

Longtime activist explains why she's worked to keep alive the name of her slain husband—civil rights leader Medgar Evers—and discusses her friendships with Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King and the NAACP in its centennial year.



Eve Ensler

Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:30:06 PST

Acclaimed playwright talks about her work for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and her book, I Am an Emotional Creature.



Louie Psihoyos

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 10:30:06 PST

DGA-winning director of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Cove explains why the film's subject matter made him ignore Steven Spielberg's advice.



Greensboro Four Tribute

Thu, 04 Feb 2010 10:30:06 PST

Tavis pays tribute to the Greensboro Four--college students who, 50 years ago, initiated a sit-in of the F.W. Woolworth's lunch counter in downtown Greensboro, NC.



Wyclef Jean

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 10:30:06 PST

Singer-producer-activist speculates on whether the response to the earthquake in Haiti is a moment for the U.S. to restructure its policies toward the country.