Tonight on PBS, I am joined by Clay Risen, an editor for The New York Times op-ed section and an acclaimed author. Risen discusses his new text, The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, in which he unfolds the historic battle, waged from the streets of the deep South to the halls of Congress, to bring the revolutionary Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.
In the following clip, Risen explains how President Lyndon Johnson used the assassination of John F. Kennedy to galvanize the country and Congress around civil rights.
For more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to Tavis Smiley tonight on PBS. Check out our website for your local TV listings: http://www.pbs.org/tavis.