Mississippi’s Tortured Civil Rights History

Mississippi occupies a distinct and dramatic place in the history of America’s civil rights movement. No state in the South was more resistant to the struggle for black equality. No place was more violent. WFPL will air “State of Siege: Mississippi Whites and the Civil Rights Movement” tonight at 8pm. You can listen to the documentary now.

Getting Equal Access to Transportation

Tonight at 8pm, WFPL presents “Back of the Bus: Race, Mass Transit and Inequality,” a new documentary about the fight for equal rights on America’s roads and transit lines. This program visits communities across America to find out why people of color still struggle for equal treatment in public transportation.

Say It Plain: A Century of African American Oratory

Saturday, February 27, 2010 9pm Producer: American RadioWorks Listen Again When the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech is broadcast each February to mark Black History Month, the magnetic cadence of his words is almost impossible to resist. Like black speakers before and after him, King testified to how America betrayed […]

Can Do: Stories of Black Visionaries, Seekers and Entrepreneurs

Saturday, February 20, 2010 9pm Producer: The Kitchen Sisters Listen Again From The Kitchen Sisters and PRX, a new Black History Month Special with host, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress, Alfre Woodard. These stories come from The Kitchen Sisters collection — stories of black pioneers, self-made men and self-taught women, neighborhood heros and visionaries. […]

Race and the Space Race

Saturday, February 13, 2010 9pm Producer: Richard Paul and Soundprint Listen Again The Space Age began when America was going through a wrenching battle over Civil Rights. And because the heart of the old Confederacy was chosen as its base, NASA played an unintended role in Civil Rights history. In this program, we hear how […]

Who Is This Man? A State of the Re:Union Special

Saturday, February 13, 2010 8pm Producer: Al Letson (NPR/PRX) Listen Again MLK 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 […]