Janie Forsyth Mckinney tells a powerful story about witnessing a Freedom Rider’s bus being firebombed by local Klan members at just 12-years-old. McKinney describes people being mad at her as she bravely rushed to help the victims of the tragedy. The event occurred on May 14, 1961.
Jazz musician Billy Taylor remembers coming into contact with Bull Connor, the police chief in Alabama during the 1963 African American Civil Rights protests. Taylor was hired to play at a benefit concert set up by Martin Luther King Jr.
Congressman Dennis Eckart reflects on where he was when the Kent State University Shootings occurred in 1970 and remembers asking himself how the government could do this and get away with it. Eckart discusses how close to home the shootings hit for him and his peers around him.
Kathy Urchak, a sophomore at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, describes what she saw when National Guard members tossed tear gas into the crowd and explains how she learned that they opened fire on students.
Correspondent David Culhane reports on the first Earth Day held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 22, 1970. Culhane also comments on live music at the event and the pollution surrounding the city.
Correspondent Robert Schakne reports on the first Earth Day held in Boston, Massachusetts on April 22, 1970 and explains how a non-violent protest at Boston Logan airport turned into the arrest of several activists.