Tavis Smiley on his new book about Martin Luther King’s final year

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    Guest: Tavis Smiley

    In his new book, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year, TAVIS SMILEY explores how African American leaders, government officials, and the liberal media turned on King when he became a vocal and ardent opponent of the Vietnam War. In his protests, King publicly spoke out about the link between the war and racism as almost twice as many blacks as whites were fighting and dying in Vietnam. At the time of his assassination, King was no longer regarded as one of the most admired Americans. Smiley, host the PBS late-night talk show and Public Radio International radio show that bear his name, joins us in the studio today to talk about his new book and his observations on the current state of black America.

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