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  • On the 80th anniversary of Malcolm X’s birthday we play excerpts of the documentary, "Malcolm X: Make it Plain" produced and directed by Orlando Bagwell. It includes rare archival footage of Malcolm X as well as interviews with such figures as John Henrik Clarke, Maya Angelou, Ossie Davis and much more. [includes rush transcript]
    May 19, 2005 | Story
  • In a Democracy Now national broadcast exclusive, we spend the hour with ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Fourteen months ago, Aristide was flown to the Central African Republic in what he called a modern-day kidnapping in the service of a coup d’etat backed by the United States. Two weeks after his ouster, he defied Washington and returned to the Caribbean accompanied by a delegation of U.S. and Jamaican lawmakers....
    May 10, 2005 | Story
  • On this the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, we spend the hour with historian Manning Marable who has spent a decade working on a new biography of Malcolm X. He is one of the few historians to see the three missing chapters from "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" that he says paint a very different picture than the book with Alex Haley and Spike Lee’s film. Marable has also had unprecedented access to...
    February 21, 2005 | Story
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    On Saturday thousands of mourners filled Riverside Church in Harlem for the funeral of Ossie Davis. Davis died Feb. 4 while on location for a film in Florida. He was 87 years old. For five decades, Ossie Davis led a distinguished career as an actor, playwright and director. Along with his wife, Ruby Dee, he was a renowned civil rights activist and an unforgettable figure in the African American struggle for equality. Speakers at...
    February 14, 2005 | Story
  • We play a recording of Ossie Davis delivering the eulogy for Malcolm X at the Faith Temple Church Of God on February 27,1965. Davis says, "[Malcolm] talked to all of us: Get up off your knees. Come out of your hiding place. If your hiding place is gold, come out from behind it. If your hiding place is prestige, come out from behind it. If your hiding place is poverty, if you live in the slum, if you live in the gutters, stand up, look at...
    February 07, 2005 | Story
  • We play a recording of Ossie Davis speaking at a memorial gathering for Martin Luther King in New York City on April 5th, 1968. Davis says, "As I stand before you, I don’t ask whether you are a white Martin, or whether you are a black martin, I ask first if you are a man and second, if you believe that men should stand or fall for freedom and third, if you believe that the time for that freedom is now." [includes rush...
    February 07, 2005 | Story
  • We play in interview with Ossie Davis as he protested the invasion of Iraq on March 22, 2003. Davis says, "The choice is to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools. I come together to say, I choose to live for brotherhood, and not for folly. I choose peace and not war. I choose life, and not death." [includes rush transcript]
    February 07, 2005 | Story
  • We play a prison radio commentary by journalist and death row prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal. He remembers Ossie Davis and plays an interview with him from 1980. [includes rush transcript]
    February 07, 2005 | Story
  • In this first week of Black History month, we pay tribute to the great actor, singer, athlete, scholar: Paul Robeson. We hear a recording of Robeson, courtesy of the Pacifica Radio Archives. [includes rush transcript]
    February 04, 2005 | Story
  • We speak with Howard Zinn, renowned historian and author of "A People’s History of the United States." Zinn says: "People all over the world are mourning the ascension of Bush to his second term as president... that’s something to feel encouraged about, even as all this pomp and circumstance of the inauguration goes on." [includes rush transcript]
    January 20, 2005 | Story