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Kirk Douglas, 91, Fighting Online For Slavery Apology

Late last month, the House of Representatives passed a resolution apologizing for American slavery and segregation. The bill had been in the works for over a year, and it was helped along by enthusiastic support from a surprising ally — none other than 91-year-old actor/producer Kirk Douglas.

Douglas invited Tony Cox, producer Roy Hurst, and me to his Beverly Hills home for an interview about the movement he is organizing online, via his MySpace page.

During our half hour with him, we found Douglass to be immensely personable ... every bit the major star he once was. His slurred speech — the result of a 1996 stroke — belied his sharp, quick wit. He spoke at length about his philanthropic work, his role in breaking the McCarthy-era Hollywood blacklist, and he shared insight on growing older.

Watch this conversation between Tony and Kirk Douglas (subtitling included), and be sure to share your thoughts below.

(This interview was recorded separately for our radio broadcast, which explains the boom mic you may see dipping in the shot at times.)

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