American RadioWorks: Black History

Series produced by American Public Media

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AMERICAN RADIOWORKS® is the highly esteemed national documentary unit of American Public Media. ARW creates documentaries, series projects, podcasts and online content for the public radio system and the Internet.

This series of seven documentaries chronicles America’s racial past and the long, dramatic struggle for civil rights.


7 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: White students protest integration at the University of Mississippi in 1962. No state in the South was more resistant to the struggle for black equality. , Credit: Photograph by Flip Schulke/CORBIS
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 t...

Bought by WFAE, KUHF, Capital Public Radio, WJFF, KMUN and more


  • Added: Feb 16, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 21
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"Say It Loud" traces the last 50 years of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the poli...

Bought by WBEZ, KGNU, WAMC, WCAI / WNAN, Capital Public Radio and more


  • Added: Feb 16, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 51
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The 1970s saw a tidal change in American race relations: for the first time, large numbers of white, black and other children of color began attend...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WBHM, Troy Public Radio, WJAB, WRGY and more


  • Added: Nov 19, 2009
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 18
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In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But Marshall had already earned a place in histor...

Bought by WFAE, KALW, WBHM, WSIU, Red River Radio Network and more


  • Added: Nov 19, 2009
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 19
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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 ma...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, WBHM, Troy Public Radio, WRGY, XRAY.fm and more


  • Added: Nov 19, 2009
  • Length: 59:56
  • Purchases: 12
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For generations, African American orators have been demanding justice and equality, reminding America to make good on its founding principles of de...

Bought by WFAE, WVAS, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, KHNS, WRGY and more


  • Added: Nov 19, 2009
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 26
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Although it was one of the most challenging and controversial chapters of his career, the final year of King's life has not been the focus of signi...

Bought by KICI, WRGY, KUER, Troy Public Radio, KGOU and more


  • Added: Nov 19, 2009
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 148