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"We Who Believe In Freedom:" 50 Years After Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act

"We Who Believe In Freedom:" 50 Years After Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act

Basic Black

June 6, 2014

Fifty years ago this summer, the modern civil rights movement was front and center on the nation's headlines, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law and Freedom Summer was in full swing in Mississippi.  But the struggle for racial equality, by law and in the voting booth, was from over and activists persisted in the fight often against systematic violent attacks including beating, arson, and murder.  This week on Basic Black we acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the pivotal events of that summer and examine its impact on contemporary movements for racial, social and economic quality.

 

(Program title inspiration: Ella Baker, 1964; photo: from the upcoming film, Freedom Summer, by Stanley Nelson)

Basic Black: Remembering Maya Angelou

Basic Black: Remembering Maya Angelou

Basic Black

May 30, 2014

This week on Basic Black-- we pause to remember Maya Angelou—cultural icon, global artist, and wise elder who died this week at the age of 86.  Angelou’s  first book, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings became a bestseller 30 years ago.  We'll talk about her seminal works and later in the discussion, a conversation we hope Angelou would have appreciated, our favorite books and authors we're taking with us into the summer.

 

Author Maya Angelou delivers a tribute to South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding Award Ceremony at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

 

Victory At Home & Abroad: Race in the U.S. Armed Services

Victory At Home & Abroad: Race in the U.S. Armed Services

Basic Black

May 23, 2014

From the valor of the 54th  Massachusetts regiment, to the commanding presence of General Colin Powell, to the overwhelmingly African American, Asian, and Latino volunteer troops --  people of color have had a complicated experience in America’s military.  Tonight on Basic Black, a Memorial Day conversation about historical and contemporary experience of people of color and serving in the US armed forces.


 

(Photo source: Army OneSource)

Basic Black: Brown v Board and the Return of Segregation?

Basic Black: Brown v Board and the Return of Segregation?

Basic Black

May 16, 2014


This week on Basic Black, we take a look at the lasting impact of Brown v. Board of Education as we approach the 60th Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in the case.

We'll also turn our lens on Nigeria in the wake of the kidnapping of over 300 schoolgirls. The crime has attracted international attention including rallies held here in the Boston area and prompted US intervention in an effort to find the girls.

 

 

 

 

Top photo:  Students, parents and educators rally at the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, for the 60th anniversary Brown v. Board of Education decision that struck down the “separate but equal” concept established under Plessy v. Ferguson that kept schools segregated. (AP Photo)

 

Basic Black - Affirmative Action: Slippery Slope Or Uphill Battle...?

Basic Black - Affirmative Action: Slippery Slope Or Uphill Battle...?

Basic Black

May 2, 2014

This week on Basic Black, we take a look at the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan's ban on affirmative action as a consideration in admissions to the state's public universities. The majority and dissent opinions mirrored the national debate on achieving racial diversity in higher education, but we'll discuss how that debate intensified with the backdrop of Donald Sterling's audiotaped disdain for the company of "black people," Cliven Bundy's remarks on the merits of slavery, and African American students at Harvard creating the "ITooAmHarvard" campaign.


Basic Black: Gentrification... and the tipping point

Basic Black: Gentrification... and the tipping point

Basic Black

April 25, 2014

A November 2013 report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland found that Boston is experiencing one of the fastest rates of gentrification of cities in the US. This week on Basic Black, we look at how gentrification changes the nature and culture of a community and how Boston's impacted communities are responding.



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