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.
Mar 4, 2009 — Tell Me More salutes Women's History Month with a commemoration of civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells. Paula Giddings, author of the book Ida: A Sword Among Lions, tells how Wells forged a unique path in the early civil rights movement.
Jul 4, 2007 — Bestselling author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is considered to be among the greatest writers alive today. In this week's Wisdom Watch, Angelou talks — and sings — about why she feels proud to be an American woman of color. Her latest book is A Song Flung Up to Heaven, the final volume of her memoirs.
Jan 18, 2006 — Farai Chideya concludes her two-part conversation with author Tananarive Due. Due talks about the inspiration for her civil rights memoir Freedom in the Family, which she co-authored with her mother.
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'.
Dec 14, 2005 — Day to Day reporter Karen Grigsby Bates, doing double duty as literary editor, shares her list of books that would make great gifts for the holidays.
Aug 11, 2005 — The Watts Riots began in Los Angeles 40 years ago Thursday, a six-day eruption of racial frustration that left 34 people dead, hundreds more injured and scores of buildings damaged, looted or destroyed. Karen Grigsby Bates visits the 77th Street police station in the heart of Watts with writer Karl Fleming, who witnessed the riots as a reporter for Newsweek magazine.
Jul 19, 2005 — Journalist Karl Fleming's new book is Son of the Rough South: An Uncivil Memoir. As a civil rights reporter for Newsweek in the 1960s, he wrote about major events such as the Birmingham church bombing, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the murders of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Miss. While at the 1966 riots in the Watts section of Los Angeles, Fleming was severely beaten.
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.
Jun 1, 2005 — Karen Grigsby Bates tours the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts with journalist Karl Fleming, who was nearly beaten to death during a racial protest in the summer of 1966. Fleming's new book details his time reporting on the civil rights movement during the turbulent 1960s.