All week long, we marked the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. On Saturday, we’ll mark the 50 years since Kennedy’s successor had his first full day as president.
Half a century later, so much of the legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson, particularly his vision of “The Great Society” and method for getting Congress to work his way, is as relevant today as it was then. As America continued to mourn the loss of what could have been with Kennedy, President Johnson got to work passing legislation that would change the lives of millions of Americans for the better. Though JFK remains one of our most beloved presidents, it is LBJ who remains one of our most accomplished leaders.
On Saturday’s Melissa Harris-Perry, join us for a discussion on the legacy of LBJ and the lasting affect his legislative victories have had on this country from poverty to civil rights to the state of our current immigration system.
Though the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a step towards racial equality, as host Melissa Harris-Perry always says–the struggle continues. Our focus on Saturday will be on the growing police state nature of law enforcement from 1968 to today in a segment we call “Law & Order … and Race.” And, of course, you will not want to miss our host’s open letter.
Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Saturday at 9 a.m. EST on MSNBC. Also, don’t forget to join us on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #nerdland!