Friday, January 16, 2009

On Today's Show

At 3:30 ET: With MLK Day coming up on Monday, and all of the events around the Lincoln Memorial -- and Rick Warren sadly speaking both at the Obama inauguration as well as at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on MLK Day -- a replay of my interview from 2003 with historian John D'Emilio about his biography of the gay, African-American activist Bayard Rustin.

Rustin was a chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, including the event at the Lincoln Memorial where King made his "I Have a Dream" speech, and Rustin was a teacher and adviser to King. But Rustin, known to King as gay man, kept his sexuality hidden more publicly until later in his life, when he ultimately became a gay activist and predicted gay rights as the next civil rights movement. It's an important and fascinating biography, Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin.

At 4:30 ET: What dilemmas does Obama face in closing Guantanamo and trying many of the prisoners, now that a top Bush administration official has admitted that we tortured? I'll speak with Jamil Dakwar, Director of the ACLU Human Rights Program.