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Feeling nervous for the march tomorrow. This is a first for me. I was seven years old in my hometown in Georgia during the Albany Civil Rights Movement when teenagers wrote their last will and testaments on the eve of protests.

And now, here I am. My march buddy, Lucy, and I are ready: we painted our slogans on umbrellas. My daughter and her friends are making ready for the Los Angeles march. I’m drinking water and trying to relax.

Scroll down for a Bill Moyers video that traces history and shows how Donald Trump was no accident —a truth  we need to face. Excellent pep rally for tomorrow.

In this web exclusive, Bill Moyers and four historians dissect the big lie Trump rode to power: the Birther lie. Nell Painter, historian and Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University; Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School; Christopher Lebron, assistant professor of African-American studies and philosophy at Yale University; and Philip Klinkner, James S. Sherman Professor of Government, Hamilton College discuss the fertile ground on which the birther lie was sown: our nation’s history of white supremacy.

Credits: Gail Ablow, Producer; Sikay Tang, Editor

Keep going: video is at bottom…

Donald Trump did us a favor, because he shows us how active and significant white supremacy is in this country. I mean, we needed to know it. We needed to see it. We needed to punch a hole in the mythology of post-racialism, because we need to deal with it. I mean, we think about an oncologist — we don’t want our oncologist telling us a little lie that we don’t really have cancer. ~ Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Harvard Kennedy School

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