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The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1963. Martin Luther King Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech advocating racial harmony during the march. The event was organized by a coalition of civil rights, labor, and religious organizations. The event is credited with pushing lawmakers to pass the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965).

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  • 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 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
  • Civil rights organizer James Forman has died at the age of 76. In the early 1960s he served as executive secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was seen as a major strategist within the civil rights movement. We hear a 1969 speech by James Forman and we speak with former field secretary for SNCC Robert Moses and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). [includes rush transcript]
    January 12, 2005 | Story
  • Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate for US Senate from Illinois, delivered a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention that some say secured his status as a rising star within the party. Obama is favored to win the Illinois Senate seat that would make him only the third black U.S. senator since Reconstruction. [includes rush transcript]
    July 28, 2004 | Story
  • Illinois state senator and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, Barack Obama, was chosen to deliver the keynote address at this year’s Democratic National Convention in Boston. Obama currently faces no known opponent in the November election and if elected he would become only the fifth black senator in U.S. history. We take an in-depth look at Obama with longtime Chicago columnist Salim Muwakkil. [includes rush transcript]
    July 15, 2004 | Story
  • On August 28, 1963, a crowd of more than 250,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., and marched to the Capitol Building to support the passing of laws that guaranteed every American equal civil rights. We speak with Martin Luther King III, who is leading a mass rally at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial to mark the 40th anniversary of the historic march.
    August 22, 2003 | Story
  • Today, February 1st, is the first day of African American History Month, and it is also the day of the New Hampshire presidential primaries. The first primaries in the country take place in one of the whitest states, which for the first time this year celebrated the Martin Luther King holiday. [includes rush transcript]
    February 01, 2000 | Story
  • Today we are taking a look at the people, events and social movements of the century. We are joined by two activist scholars who will shed some light on this subject, Manning Marable and Howard Zinn. [includes rush transcript]
    December 27, 1999 | Story
  • James Baldwin, the author of Giovanni’s Room and The Fire Next
    Time, was one of the giants of African American literature. But he
    was also a noted political activist. Today, we here a classic
    speech from Baldwin recorded back in 1963, one month after the
    historic March on Washington and just days after the Birmingham,
    Alabama, church bombing that claimed the lives of 6 young black
    children.

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    February 06, 1997 | Story