Civil Rights

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. concludes his conversation with Joe Madison, “The Black Eagle”, the award-winning national talk show host on SiriusXM Urban View radio. Madison is on the case daily talking about politics and social activism, while challenging the status quo ensuring that people of color are not undervalued, underestimated, or marginalized. He has been named one of Talker Magazine’s 10 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America for...

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Joe Madison, “The Black Eagle”, the award-winning national talk show host on SiriusXM Urban View radio. Madison is on the case daily talking about politics and social activism, while challenging the status quo ensuring that people of color are not undervalued, underestimated, or marginalized. He has been named one of Talker Magazine’s 10 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America for eleven consecutive...

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents a tribute to the late George E. Curry, a veteran journalist and civil rights activist who was considered by many to be a dean of the Black press died August 20, 2016. He was 69. Born George Edward Curry on February 23, 1947, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; his mother worked as a domestic and his father was a mechanic. Curry's father abandoned the family when Curry was just seven years old, leaving him to step into the role...

KLRU-TV hosted a public discussion on civil rights, race and law enforcement Monday night, in the wake of a violent week across the country. Discussion focused around last week's fatal police shootings of two black men, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in Minn., and the ambush in Dallas that killed five police officers. The discussion, which was simulcast on KUT 90.5 FM and KUT online, is a move toward coming up with solutions to long-persisting problems of equality, education and diversity, both in Austin and across the country. Listen to the entire KUT broadcast, and watch an extended version from KLRU's Facebook Live below.

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Spencer Haywood, NBA/ABA Legend and Hall-of-Famer. Haywood will always be remembered as the guy who opened the door for underclassmen college basketball players to leave college early to enter the NBA , thereby creating the " Spencer Haywood rule ." Born in 1949, Haywood was the eighth of 10 siblings with a single mother in Silver City, Miss., a tiny town where the racial lines were starkly drawn and a future...

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr . speaks with Erin Aubry Kaplan, journalist, columnist, educator and author of ‘I Heart Obama.’ In his nearly two terms as president, Barack Obama has solidified his status as something African Americans haven’t had for fifty years: a folk hero. The 1960s delivered Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, forever twinned as larger-than-life outsiders and truth tellers who took on racism and died in the process. Obama is different:...

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. John Telford, former Detroit Public Schools Superintendent and author of ‘Will The First: The Sage of Sports/Civil Rights Pioneer Will Robinson.’ Telford has written a spellbinding book about his coaching colleague at Pershing High School (Detroit, MI) – the late, legendary Will Robinson. Both men were All-Americans – Telford as a sprinter at Wayne State University in the 1950’s and Robinson as a quarterback...

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of a speech given by Bobby Seale , co-founder of the Black Panther Party in the fall of 1996 at the 10 th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights. In October of 1966, in Oakland California, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The group would later be renamed the Black Panther Party. The Panthers where originally envisioned as an armed patrol protecting the...

In celebration of Black History month, In Black America presents an encore presentation of "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music," an extended interview with her that originally aired in March 1983. Born on June 30, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York, Lena Horne became one of the most popular African American performers of the 1940s and 1950s. At the age of sixteen she was hired as a dancer in the chorus of Harlem’s famous Cotton Club. There she was introduced to the growing community of jazz...

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with late Dr. John Hope Franklin, Ph.D. Franklin was the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History, and for seven years was Professor of Legal History in the Law School at Duke University. He was a native of Oklahoma and a graduate of Fisk University . He received the A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Harvard University . He has taught at a number of institutions, including Fisk University, St. Augustine's...

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Ossie Davis and Rudy Dee. Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee were legendary stars of stage, television, and film, a beloved and revered couple cherished not just for their acting artistry but also for their lifelong commitment to civil rights, family values, and the African American community. In this revealing book - they look back on a half- century of their personal and political struggles to maintain a...

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Peter J. Hammer, Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School, and director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights , and co-author of Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith. In Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith, authors Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman present the first ever biography of native Detroiter Judge Keith, surveying his education, important influences,...

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr . speaks with Dr. Edward E. Baptist, Professor in the Department of History , and House Dean, Becker House at Cornell University. Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution—the nation’s original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America’s later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy. Baptist reveals in ‘The Half Has Never Been Told,’ the...

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On this edition of In Black America , producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents a tribute to the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During the less than thirteen years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership of the modern Civil Rights Movement, from December 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality than the previous 350 years had produced. King is widely regarded as the preeminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Richard J. Reddick, associate professor and coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin's College of Education, and a member of the 100 Black Men of Austin . With the recent events in Ferguson, professor Reddick felt is was necessary for him to express his views in an op-ed piece, writing that " nearly twice a week in this country, a White police officer killed an African American person from 2005 to...

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Susan D. Carle, professor at American University Washington College of Law and author of ‘Defining The Struggle: National Organizing For Racial Justice 1880 to 1915.’ ‘Defining The Struggle’ uncovers the forgotten contributions of late 19 th century and early 20 th century national organizations - including the National Afro American League, the National Afro American Council , the National Association of...

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This post has been updated to include portions of an interview with LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act fifty years ago today. "It's hard to realize that 50 years ago, people of color in many parts of this country, particularly in the Deep South, would not be accommodated at restaurants or at hotels or at motels, there were separate educational facilities and separate water fountains – we essentially lived in an apartheid state," LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove says. Both the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin and the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall are celebrating the anniversary of the signing.

Former President George W. Bush is speaking this afternoon at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum on UT campus. The summit, which gathers four U.S Presidents and dozens of other speakers, marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act .

President Barack Obama is speaking this afternoon at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin. The summit, gathering four U.S Presidents and dozens of other speakers, marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act .

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The role sports has played in America's civil rights struggle, especially with black athletes, has been well documented. For many the movement started with Jackie Robinson crossing the color line in baseball. But two other athletes were in Austin Wednesday to share their perspectives at the LBJ Library's Civil Rights Summit . Jim Brown is often called the greatest running back in the history of pro football. But he was never the most popular player. He told the crowd in Austin he attributes that to his role in pushing for civil rights and equality for himself and other black athletes.

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