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Humankind Evergreen EV#146: The Freed People

From Humankind | Part of the Humankind Evergreen series | 58:58

SEGMENT 1: In Black History Month, we examine a fascinating chapter of
American history: a federal agency known as Freedmen's Bureau, which
helped hundreds of thousands of emancipated slaves transition to a
life of freedom after the Civil War.
SEGMENT 2: Historians David Blight of Yale Univ, Edna Green Medford of
Howard Univ, and Abigail Cooper of Brandeis University recreate the
fascinating and fraught conditions of Reconstruction as America
struggled to define what citizenship means.

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SEGMENT 1: In Black History Month, we examine a fascinating chapter of

American history: a federal agency known as Freedmen's Bureau, which

helped hundreds of thousands of emancipated slaves transition to a

life of freedom after the Civil War.

SEGMENT 2: Historians David Blight of Yale Univ, Edna Green Medford of

Howard Univ, and Abigail Cooper of Brandeis University recreate the

fascinating and fraught conditions of Reconstruction as America

struggled to define what citizenship means.

Native Guard

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

A Pulitzer Prize-winner for Black History Month.

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Based on Natasha Trethewey’s collection of poems, The Alliance Theatre’s production of Native Guard is both an elegy to her mother and a journey into Mississippi’s Civil War history. In poetry and song, she reflects on her mother’s passing while contemplating the former slaves who became soldiers in a regiment known as the Native Guard. Trethewey’s work was the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. This recording was produced with the generous support of The Poetry Foundation.

Hour Two includes The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, a fantasy about Dr. Martin Luther King's last night on earth and a mysterious maid at the Lorraine Motel. Starring Aja Naomi King and Larry Powell, directed by Roger Guenveur Smith.

Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey, used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. As conceived and originally produced by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia. Susan V. Booth, Artistic Director. Mike Schleifer, Managing Director.

Directed by Rosalind Ayres
Neal A. Ghant as The Native Guard
January LaVoy as The Poet
Nicole Banks Long as Vocalist
Tyrone Jackson as Keyboard/Composer/Music Director

Black Women Writers in History

From New Letters on the Air | 29:00

Black History Month continues as we go to the archives to revisit Black Women Writers in History, a program that examines important African-American writers such as Phyllis Wheatley, Rita Dove, Margaret Walker and Gwendolyn Brooks.

Brooksg-400_small Black History Month continues as we go to the archives to revisit Black Women Writers in History, a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walker and Gwendolyn Brooks, as well as recordings from the Folkways collection called BLACK AMERICAN HISTORY IN BALLAD, SONG, AND PROSE.

Ida B. Wells' Battle to Uncover the Truth

From Humankind | Part of the Humankind Specials series | 52:58

Born to enslaved parents on a Mississippi plantation during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells emerged as a powerful investigative journalist. She overcame death threats and published widely in her quest to document the domestic terrorism against African Americans that came to be known as lynching. Ida Wells published the first major study of that crime. A close associate of Frederick Douglass, she helped to found the NAACP and advocated the right to vote for women and black Americans. Her amazing life story is finally gaining recognition, nearly 90 years after her death.

Among those heard: NY Times correspondent Nikole Hannah-Jones, who led the "1619 Project" on the history of enslaved peoples in America; Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, which in 2018 established the first national memorial to victims of lynching; Smith College Prof. Paula Giddings, principal biographer of Ida B. Wells; David Blight, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom' and Yale historian. Includes readings from Ida B. Wells and Frederick Douglass.

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Born to enslaved parents on a Mississippi plantation during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells emerged as a powerful investigative journalist. She overcame death threats and published widely in her quest to document the domestic terrorism against African Americans that came to be known as lynching. Ida Wells published the first major study of that crime. A close associate of Frederick Douglass, she helped to found the NAACP and advocated the right to vote for women and black Americans. Her amazing life story is finally gaining recognition, nearly 90 years after her death.

Among those heard: NY Times correspondent Nikole Hannah-Jones, who led the '1619 Project' on the history of enslaved peoples in America; Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, which in 2018 established the first national memorial to victims of lynching; Smith College Prof. Paula Giddings, principal biographer of Ida B. Wells; David Blight, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom' and Yale historian. Includes readings from Ida B. Wells and Frederick Douglass.