BBC Witness: Black History Month Special

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On this special hour-long episode of Witness from the BBC World Service, listen to incredible interviews looking at the African-American experience as told by people who were there.

Six stories will be featured over the hour. We'll hear from Clarence Norris, the daughter of one of the Scottsboro boys, about the wrongful conviction against her father. Steve Binder, the producer of a NBC special starring Petula Clark and Harry Belafonte, chronicles the time when Clark became the first white woman to touch a black man on US television. Lee Elder, the first African American to play in the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, discusses the rapturous reception he received at the club. Roberto Benazzi talks about his friend John Howard Griffin, a white journalist who attempted to change the color of his skin to experience life as an African American in the early 1960s. Rodney King will explore the infamous LA riots after the police officers who beat him were acquitted. And Beverly Johnson, the first African American to appear on the cover of Vogue Magazine, talks about the barriers put in front of her, both professionally and personally.