Civil Rights Movement

To the Best of Our Knowledge

BookMark: Charles Duhigg on "The Children"

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Charles Duhigg bookmarks "The Children" by David Haberstam.


To the Best of Our Knowledge

On Our Minds: The Great Migration

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Day has us thinking about America's Great Migration -- the epic struggle for freedom that saw six million people migrate north from the southern states before the civil rights era.  So we're revisiting Steve Paulson's conversation with Isabel Wilkerson re. her book, "The Warmth of Other Suns."



The Tavis Smiley Show: Memories of the Movement

Friday, February 14, 2014

The years of the Civil Rights Movement are counted among the most volatile, yet vibrant, in American history. In our Black History month special, Memories of the Movement, The Tavis Smiley Show celebrates the courage, conviction and commitment of the everyday people who made extraordinary contributions to American social progress. Memories of the Movement features poignant, humorous, unheard or little known stories from.


American RadioWorks

Say It Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity

Sunday, February 17, 2013

This American RadioWorks program traces the last half-century of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum and illuminates the ideas and debates pulsing through the black freedom struggle from the 1960s to the present.


State of the Re:Union

State of the Re:Union- Who Is This Man?

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech has become the shorthand of the Civil Rights Movement-- but we might never have heard it, if it were not for another man, who’s largely been forgotten by history: Bayard Rustin. In this program hour, we explore the life and legacy of Mr. Rustin, a black, gay, Quaker who brought Gandhian non-violent protest to the Civil Rights movement in America.



Teachers Trade Tips on Teaching MLK

Friday, January 13, 2012

Six teachers from a range of schools share tips for inspiring a new generation of students and the challenges they face. The teachers are: Romero Ross (first grade teacher at Achievement First charter school in East New York, Brooklyn) Keith Christiansen (literacy teacher at M.S. 88 in Brooklyn) Luciano D’Orazio (social studies coordinator at P.S. 150 South Bronx) Katy Ulrich (first grade teacher Achievement First charter in Bushwick, Brooklyn) and Karen Zaidberg (sixth grade at Manhattan Country Day School) Duane Williamson (ninth grade English at Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn).

Listen to their conversation about their favorite Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History month-related lessons here:



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The Brian Lehrer Show

Context and a Movie: "The Help"

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Help, based on the popular book by the same name, opened in movie theaters yesterday. Sheri Parks, professor of American studies at the University of Maryland and author of Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture, and David Edelstein, film critic for New York magazine and NPR's Fresh Air, provide historical and cultural context for the book and new feature film.

Listeners: Did you see the movie yet? Did you read the book? What are your thoughts about "The Help"? Call us or comment here!

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The Takeaway

46 Years Later: Justice for a Civil Rights Murder Victim

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The American South caught political fire in 1964. Activism by local African-American organizations and college students from the North led to brutal murders at the hands of white Southerners. But many of the victims of the Civil Rights Movement were not members of political organizations or student committees. Louisiana native, Frank Morris, a Black shoe store owner who was burned alive by two white men in 1964, suffered simply because he was independent and served a racially mixed clientele.


The Takeaway

Do a Civil Rights Photographer's FBI Ties Complicate His Legacy?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Ernest Withers was a civil rights-era photojournalist who had access to some of the highest levels of the movement; over the weekend, we learned that Withers may have used his extraordinary access to sell information to the FBI, perceived enemies of the movement’s leaders.  

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