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  • Malcolm X was born 80 years ago today. To commemorate the occasion we hear a speech by Columbia University professor Manning Marable chronicling his life. Marable is currently working on a major new biography of Malcolm X which is tentatively titled "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention." [includes rush transcript]
    May 19, 2005 | Story
  • Today is the 37th anniversary of the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was assassinated on April 4th, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. We hear an excerpt of his "Beyond Vietnam" speech that he delivered a year to the day before his death. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 04, 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...
    Feb 14, 2005 | Story
  • Actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis died Friday in Miami Beach. He was 87 years old. For half a century, 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. We spend the hour remembering Ossie Davis: From his eulogies to Malcolm X and Martin Luther King to his opposition to...
    Feb 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...
    Feb 07, 2005 | Story
  • Today is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Day. He was born in 1929. Last week, he would have turned 76 years old. In the early 1960s, King focused his challenge on legalized racial discrimination in the South where police dogs and bullwhips and cattle prods were used against Southern blacks seeking the right to vote or to eat at a public lunch counter. After passage of Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, King began...
    Jan 17, 2005 | Story
  • Today is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day. He was born in 1929. Last week, he would have turned 75 years old.

    It’s become a TV ritual: Every year in mid-January, around the time of his birthday, we get perfunctory network news reports about "the slain civil rights leader."

    The remarkable thing about this annual review of King’s life is that several years — his last years — are totally missing, as if flushed...

    Jan 19, 2004 | Story
  • Today on MLK’s 75th birthday, we look back to August 16, 1967 when Dr. King said "If our nation can spend $35 billion a year to fight an unjust, evil war in Vietnam and $20 billion to put a man on the moon it can spend billion of dollars to put God’s children on their two feet right here on earth."
    Jan 15, 2004 | Story
  • Renowned scholar and chair of Harvard’s African American Studies Department, Henry Louis Gates joins us in our firehouse studios to discuss Colin Powell, Cornel West and how the African American experience has transformed from a civil rights movement into a class struggle. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 08, 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.
    Aug 22, 2003 | Story