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Richmond Is a Hard Road to Travel

Friday, April 24, 2015

With the American History Guys



MICROPOLIS: Revisiting the 1963 March on Washington

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The March on Washington  — 50 years ago today — brought a quarter million demonstrators to the nation's capital, but it was planned and coordinated right here, in New York. It was an enormous logistical operation, years before cell phones and email, and it all happened uptown, in an office on 130th Street in Harlem.

The New York contingent was so big, that the MTA ran extra subway trains after midnight. Hundreds of buses set out for Washington, from across the city. Black firefighters made the trip, having been trained by Rustin in non-violent crowd control. So did local cops -- Horowitz said for the first time they were allowed to travel without their guns, because Mayor Robert Wagner lifted a city ordinance just for the occasion. Mildred Roxboro, an NAACP activist in her 80s who grew up under segregation in Tennessee, says the amount of effort that went into the event corresponded to the mounting tension within the civil rights community.
MILDRED ROXBORO: The feeling was that we have been pushed to a precipice here, and we have got to do something to get the conscience of this nation involved, so it can be understood that this cannot continue. 


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From the Left of Stax

Monday, January 16, 2012

If you were a soul and funk musician living in Little Rock, Arkansas, during the 1960s and ‘70s, there was one guy you needed to know: Lee Anthony. He opened Little Rock’s first black-owned record store, and later, launched a record label called True Soul Records. That label is the subject of a two-volume compilation of rare funk and soul songs called True Soul: Deep Sounds From the Left of Stax. Joining us to talk about the new release is Lee Anthony himself, along with Eothan Alapatt of Now Again records, which released the set.


The Takeaway

Daughter Tells Story of Great 'Southern' Migration

Monday, September 20, 2010

Last week we discussed the Great Migration, a time period between the 1910s and 1920s when six million black Americans left the South and headed to the North and West to pursue better opportunities. Among those migrants was the father of Takeaway listener Tina Collins. Tina’s father left his life of cotton picking to settle in Michigan. But now, Tina and her siblings are moving back down south, in what she calls the Great Southern Migration.

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The Takeaway

My Great Migration Story

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My grandfather didn't tell me the story of his childhood, of his birth in Mississippi and his school years in Arkansas. The story of my family (at least one side of it) is the story of adversity and triumph, but I didn't know that growing up. My great grandmother was the child of a black slave and a Scotch-Irish plantation overseer, the product of years of a rape that produced six children. But out of violence came one unlikely stroke of luck. Her Mississippi father developed such a strong affection for his mixed-race children that he provided them with small plots of land and advanced educations. And that's the environment into which my grandfather was born in 1895.  So my family has been stable financially and well educated since the days of Reconstruction.

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