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Playlist: Audio histories from radio works

Compiled By: David Boyer

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Thurgood Marshall: Before the Court

From American Public Media | Part of the American RadioWorks: Black History series | 01:00:00

In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But Marshall had already earned a place in history, as the leader of an extraordinary legal campaign against racial segregation in America.

Mpradio17208201_small Thurgood Marshall is best known as the first African American appointed to United States Supreme Court and as the lead attorney in the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education. Just as remarkable, Marshall was an instrumental figure in striking down the legal framework of segregation and establishing the foundation for modern civil rights law. In the 1940s and '50s, Marshall was one of the most recognized black leaders in the country. He was often called "Mr. Civil Rights." This comprehensive documentary project highlights contributions made by Marshall and key legal partners, and by the courageous African Americans across the South who risked their jobs and safety to press their grievances in local courts.

Remembering Jim Crow

From American Public Media | Part of the American RadioWorks: Black History series | 59:56

For much of the 20th Century, African Americans in the South were barred from the voting booth, sent to the back of the bus, and walled off from many of the rights they deserved as American citizens. Until well into the 1960s, segregation was legal. The system was called Jim Crow. In this documentary, Americans—black and white—remember life in the Jim Crow times.

Water_cooler_small Remembering Jim Crow "Jim Crow" gripped the South for eighty years and race relations today are still deeply marked by its system of repressive laws and customs. Producers Stephen Smith and Kate Ellis examine the neglected "middle years" of America's segregation story, through the voices of people - both black and white - who lived through it. Remembering Jim Crow draws on new, original field work and on interviews conducted by the Center for Documentary Studies' Behind the Veil oral history project.

An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era

From American Public Media | Part of the American RadioWorks: Black History series | 59:59

The 1970s saw a tidal change in American race relations: for the first time, large numbers of white, black and other children of color began attending school together. It was an experience that shaped them for life. Using first-person accounts of the era of "forced busing," An Imperfect Revolution explores the ways school desegregation changed the nation.

Clark-doll-test-lg_small Nearly everyone who experienced school desegregation has a story to tell about crossing racial lines. Together they reflect an era marked by struggle and hope, anger and idealism. American RadioWorks travels to Charlotte, NC to talk with people about their memories of integration.