Two pillars of the Civil Rights Movement give first hand accounts of the events leading up to the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965.

WYCC PBS Chicago and the Chicago Bar Association have partnered to honor and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts with Bridging the Divide, a one-hour television special exploring both this historic legislation as well as the past, present and future of the Civil Rights Movement.  Filmed before a live studio audience and hosted by former investigative journalist Renee Ferguson, the program presents candid conversation with luminaries of the Civil Rights movement, Mrs. Juanita (Ralph) Abernathy and Reverend Otis Moss, Jr.

As a foot soldier in the Civil Rights Movement, Juanita Abernathy participated in all of the pivotal protests of the era helping to rally the black community in Montgomery, Alabama for the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955 -1956) alongside her husband, Reverend Ralph Abernathy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  She remained fearless in the face of relentless death threats meant to stop her and her husband's activism.

 Abernathy is joined by theologian, pastor, and civic leader, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. one of America’s most influential religious leaders and highly sought-after public speakers. Dr. Moss has lead several campaigns to fight various forms of discrimination and segregation and participated in the Selma, Alabama civil rights march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. whom he became close friends with. He is currently pastor emeritus at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

Watch as the discussion unfolds.
Hosted by veteran TV Journalist and Investigative Reporter Renee Ferguson.
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Behind The Scenes of Bridging The Divide


reneeferguson.pngRenee Freguson
TV Journalist and Investigative Reporter 


Juanita-Abernathy.jpgJUANITA ABERNATHY
 Acitvist, Speaker, and Widow of Civil Rights Leader Ralph Abernathy


otis-moss-jr.jpgREV. DR. OTIS MOSS JR.
 Pastor, Theologian, Speaker, Author, and Activist.