Civil Rights: Voices of a Movement

For much of the 20th Century, African Americans in the South were barred from the voting booth, sent to the back of the bus, and walled off from many of the rights they deserved as U.S. citizens. Until well into the 1960s, segregation was legal. Hear the voices from the heart of the Civil Rights revolution describe life before, during and fater Jim Crow, Freedom Summer and Brown vs. the Board of Education.


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  • listen Remembering Jim Crow

    SHOW: American RadioWorks | Length: 50:49 | Audio Format: MP3
    For much of the 20th century, African Americans endured a legal system in the American South that was calculated to segregate and humiliate them. The system was called Jim Crow.
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  • listen Radio Fights Jim Crow

    SHOW: American RadioWorks | Length: 51:38 | Audio Format: MP3
    During the World War II years a series of groundbreaking radio programs tried to mend the deep racial and ethnic divisions that threatened America...
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  • Thurgood Marshall

    listen Thurgood Marshall Before the Court

    SHOW: American RadioWorks | Length: 50:49 | Audio Format: MP3
    In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But Marshall had already earned a place in history...
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  • Freedom Summer

    listen Oh Freedom Over Me: Freedom Summer Remembered

    SHOW: American RadioWorks | Length: 52:50 | Audio Format: MP3
    In the summer of 1964, about a thousand young Americans, black and white, came together in Mississippi for a peaceful assault on racism...
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  • Desegregation

    listen Desegregation: Imperfect Revolution

    SHOW: American RadioWorks | Length: 53:20 | Audio Format: MP3
    Nearly everyone who experienced school desegregation has a story to tell about crossing racial lines. Together they...
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  • MLK

    listen King's Last March

    SHOW: American RadioWorks | Length: 53:19 | Audio Format: MP3
    Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Four decades later, King remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America...
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