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Martin Agronsky was a distinguished journalist who reported on historical events such as the Spanish Civil War, World War II and the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. By the end of his career he had worked for the three major news networks (ABC, NBC and CBS) as well as PBS. In 1957 Agronsky interviewed Dr. King in Montgomery in the NBC program Look Here. Although the show was nationally broadcast, an act of local sabotage prevented it from being seen in more than half of Alabama’s counties. Agronsky would again interview Dr. King on two subsequent occasions for CBS’s Face the Nation. The last of these interviews took place on April 16, 1967 after King’s speech against the Vietnam War. After leaving CBS, Agronsky produced his own news show Agronsky & Company.
This is an official transcript of an interview on CBS's Face the Nation that focused on the Vietnam War. Dr. King explains his vision for the Civil Rights Movement and Antiwar Movements. The Great Society, Dr. King believes, is being shot down over Vietnam, as the funding for the programs are diverted to the war.
This is a transcript of an August 1965 interview of Dr. King on the CBS television news program Face the Nation. King is asked to comment on numerous issues facing American society including the conflict in Vietnam, civil rights, housing and birth control.