American Masters

James McBride on To Kill a Mockingbird

Clip: Season 29 Episode 5 | 3m 29s

James McBride, author of the memoir The Color of Water, discusses how Harper Lee used the voice of her protagonists in To Kill a Mockingbird to bravely provide an accessible and radical point of view about racism in 1960. He describes and how today's authors can expand upon Lee's views. HarperLee: Hey Boo airs Monday April 2nd at 10 p.m. (check local listings).

Aired: 04/01/12

Rating: NR

Problems Playing Video?