Tuesday, June 14, 2005

  • Senate Apologizes For Not Enacting Anti-Lynching Legislation, A Look at Journalist and Anti-Lynching Crusader Ida B. Wells

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    The Senate passes a resolution to apologize for its failure to enact anti-lynching legislation. We hear excerpts of Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu speaking on the Senate floor and we talk about the history of lynching, focusing on pioneering journalist and anti-lynching crusader, Ida B. Wells. We speak with her grandson, sociologist Troy Duster as well as historian Nell Irvin Painter. [includes rush transcript]

  • Strange Fruit: Anthem of the Anti-Lynching Movement

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    We look at the famous anti-lynching song "Strange Fruit," most famously sung by Billie Holiday. The song was written in the 1930s not by Holiday–but by a lyricist writing under the pseudonym Lewis Allan. The songwriter was actually Abel Meeropol, a school teacher and union activist living in the Bronx. He wrote the lyrics after being disturbed by a photograph of a lynching. [includes rush transcript]

  • Mississippi Trial Begins in 1964 Civil Rights Killings

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    The trial of former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen has begun in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He is charged with the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers. We speak with the brother and mother of two of the victims, Ben Chaney and Carolyn Goodman. And we speak with the journalist who has been investigating the murders for the past 16 years. [includes rush transcript]