African American civil rights workers
Apr 28, 2011 — Wednesday markets the 50th anniversary of the start of the Freedom Rides, when an integrated group of Civil Rights activists rode together by bus through the deep South challenging integration. Historian Raymond Arsenault recounts their journey in Freedom Riders.
May 11, 2010 — Martin Amis' newest is part Decameron, part Big Chill, as twenty-somethings in an Italian castle navigate the sexual revolution. Laura Bush navigates her way from Midland, Texas, to a life in the White House. A miraculously preserved 18th-century rabbi reanimates (oy gevalt!) in Memphis. And civil rights legend Andrew Young passes life lessons to his godson.
Feb 6, 2008 — In this week's Wisdom Watch, journalist and activist Charlie Cobb talks about his new book, On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail. The book is a journey through Southern history of African-American culture.
Jan 12, 2006 — In 1961, the Freedom Riders set out for the Deep South to defy Jim Crow laws and call for change. Their efforts transformed the civil rights movement. Raymond Arsenault is the author of 'Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice'.
Jun 17, 2005 — NPR's Ed Gordon talks to legendary civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams about The Autobiography of Medgar Evers a book about her late husband, assassinated in June 1963. The influential black intellectual left behind a number of speeches, plus volumes of personall correspondence.
Feb 22, 2005 — In the months before his death in 1998, black revolutionary Stokely Carmichael was collaborating with writer Michael Thelwell on his autobiography, Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael. Since then, Thelwell has been working to reclaim Carmichael's history. But that's a difficult task, considering so many people view Carmichael as the man whose views led to the collapse of the civil rights movement. NPR's Roy Hurst reports.