NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Are We In The Midst Of A New Civil Rights Movement?


We have seen the protests spreading across the country in response to the killings of Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and other African Americans at the hands of police officers.

Dante Barry of has been on the front lines in the current battle for social justice. He spoke with Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” about how millennials have possibly launched the second version of the Civil Rights movement.

Many are comparing the #BlackLivesMatter, #HandsUpDontShoot and #ICantBreathe movements to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

“We haven’t seen this much movement in a very very long time across the country,” said Barry.

“If you look back 50 years ago, this is what the movement looked like. So when we look at some of the history and look at some of the similarities, we’re still fighting some of the same things, but we’re seeing new tactics.”

Barry explained that what we’re experiencing in this current movement is an attempt to shut things down through disruption. “We’re seeing inconvenience to really wake folks up and say that this is still happening and we’re not post-racial, although we have a Black president.”

“We need to be continuing to have these conversations and encouraging more folks to take action and coming out of the shadows … because we need to be building a movement that is actually lifting up Black communities all across this country,” said Barry.

A new poll released by USA Today and the Pew Research Center shows 57% of Americans polled believe NYPD officer, Daniel Pantaleo, should have been indicted for the murder of Eric Garner.

From USA Today:

Americans by nearly 3-1 say the white police officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man being arrested for selling cigarettes, should have faced charges from a Staten Island grand jury, a nationwide USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll finds.

It was a cellphone video of a police officer holding Garner in what appeared to be a chokehold – even as he gasped “I can’t breathe” – that apparently galvanized public opinion. By 57%-22%, those surveyed say the grand jury made the wrong decision in not bringing charges against New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo.

On Wednesday, Roland Martin, host of “NewsOne Now” and the Straight Talk panel analyzed the survey that shows Americans support charges against the officer who killed Garner.

“When you look at this poll, like everything else…White folks in America look at  stuff differently than Black folks,” said Martin.

“We watch different television shows and in many cases, the different music we listen to and how we view issues of race …  It is very rare where you will see African Americans and Whites lined up the exact same way” on an issue such as this.”

In the case of Michael Brown, the polling data switched, showing 50% of Americans polled believed the Ferguson grand jury made the right decision.

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood before the audience in Oslo, Norway and accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the Civil Rights movement.

While we have seen some progress, we still have a long way to go.

On Wednesday, Ambassador Andrew Young joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” via phone to reflect on the historic occasion and share a few little known details about December 10th, 1964, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

Ambassador Young told Martin once they returned from Oslo, “There were a couple of things that hat were very significant. When we got off the plane in New York, we went straight from Oslo, we went straight to the Harlem Armory and who was waiting for Martin at the back of the Armory but Malcolm X and Governor Nelson Rockefeller.

“Martin and Malcolm had their only meeting where Malcolm congratulated him for the prize and was pleased with all the work we were doing. He said, ‘Look I don’t think I should be linked to you. I think that my work is seperate and I think we’re stronger if we keep it that way.’”

Young said both Dr. King and Malcolm X “parted with a great deal of respect and mutual admiration.”

Martin referred to Dr. King’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech as being overlooked by many because King’s “tone was different, his language was different.” Martin also noted that though his approached was different, King’s address was “very cutting and biting and insightful.”

Martin also asked Ambassador Young, “How critical was it for Dr. King to walk the fine line in accepting this award on behalf of the movement?”

Young replied, “He [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.] was talking to a different audience. He was talking to a European audience that had selected him.”

“I found out just yesterday, out of a total of 44 nominees from all over the world, his nomination was submitted by the American Friends Service Committee, the Quakers and also was endorsed by a group of Swedish members of Parliament,” Ambassador Young said.

Young continued, “He was speaking to a group who didn’t know the details of race and he didn’t get into it. He simply talked about the philosophy of nonviolence and how effective it had been and must continue to be.”

All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.