Black History Month 2011
Monday, June 23, 2014
By Jody Avirgan : The Brian Lehrer Show
On today's Brian Lehrer Show we are taking calls and collecting stories from those with connections to 1964's Freedom Summer in Mississippi. Here is Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan's contribution.
In August of 1964 my mother, Martha Honey, then a Freshman at Oberlin College in Ohio, traveled to Mississippi as a member of SNCC for the "Freedom Summer" campaign to register Black voters. She attended the funeral of James Chaney, one of three civil rights workers - Cheney was a black Southerner; Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were white Northerners - murded by the Klu Klux Klan near Philadelphia, Mississippi. That evening she wrote a letter to a classmate. It appears in Howard Zinn's Voices of a People's History of the United States. Here is an excerpt:
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
From the church songs that resonated with him to the classical music with which he wooed his wife, Terrance illustrates how Dr. King harnessed the power of music to affect personal as well as universal change.