African-American Civil rights dramatic anthology (1948-1950)
The triumph of African-American civil rights can be attributed to many heroes and heroines of the past. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Satchel Paige, Roscoe Dungee, Dr. Ralph Bunche, Malcolm X, Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. DuBois, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Lena Horne were all major proponents of this movement, but some never think about Richard Durham. Durham's creation put a foothold on Civil rights and paved the way for equality.
Richard Durham's Destination Freedom premiered on June 27, 1948 on Chicago radio WMAQ. Durham's vision was to reeducate the masses on the image of African American society, since it was tainted with stereotypes that threatened to tear its beautiful culture apart. The danger was so imminent, that many White Supremacy groups protested, such as the White Knights of Columbus. Week after week, Durham would generate all-out attacks on southern bias, the Ku Klux Klan, on the attitudes of rednecks and the mentality of the mob. For two straight years, Durham wrote script after script for Destination Freedom and asked for nothing in return. In 1950, Durham's financial needs exceeded his push for equality, so he opted to accept an offer by Don Ameche to write a vehicle for him. After Durham left, the station quickly changed the shows premise to a white show, in order to rival Paul Revere Speaks, which was a popular show at the time. For about 50 years, the show was long forgotten until some transcripts were found, and the voices of freedom, played by Fred Pinkard, Oscar Brown Jr., Wezlyn Tilden, and Janice Kingslow, were heard once more.
For additional radio shows covering African-American civil rights, see also: Roi Ottley's A New Worlds A-Coming and Freedom's People. See also Jubilee which was created to entertain the black soldiers in WWII.
For more interesting reading, see also: article on the history of Minstrel Shows and Old Time Radio.
For more American historical drama, see also: American Adventure, An American in England, American Trail, Cavalcade of America, Democracy in America, The Free Company, Frontier Fighters, Inheritance, Norman Corwin Collection, Mr President, Science Magazine of the Air, You Are There, and The American History Collection.Click here to read more about Destination Freedom
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 76 old time radio episodes:
|06.27.1948||the knock kneed man||
+WMAQ, Chicago. "The Knock-Kneed Man". The story of the life of Crispus Attucks, the first man to s...
|07.04.1948||railway to freedom||
+ WMAQ, Chicago. "Railway To Freedom". Produced in co-operation with The Chicago Defender. The stor...
+ The men who blazed the way toward the New World, were men of all races and all creeds. The year is...
|07.18.1948||the denmark vesey story||
+ WMAQ, Chicago. "The Story Of Denmark Vesey". Produced in co-operation with The Chicago Defender. ...
|07.25.1948||the making of a man||
+ WMAQ, Chicago. "The Making Of A Man". Produced in co-operation with The Chicago Defender. Part on...
|08.01.1948||the key to freedom||
+ WMAQ, Chicago. "The Key To Freedom". Produced in co-operation with The Chicago Defender. Part two...
|08.08.1948||the heart of george cotton||
+ WMAQ, Chicago. "The Heart Of George Cotton". Produced in co-operation with The Chicago Defender. ...
+ WMAQ, Chicago. "Arctic Autograph". Produced in co-operation with The Chicago Defender. The story ...
|08.29.1948||the story of 1875||
+ WMAQ, Chicago. "The Story Of 1875". Produced in co-operation with The Chicago Defender. The story...
|09.05.1948||poet in pine mill||
+ WMAQ, Chicago. "The Poet Of Pine Mill". Produced in co-operation with The Chicago Defender. The s...
|09.12.1948||the father of the blues|
|09.19.1948||boy with a dream|
|09.26.1948||shakespeare of harlem||
+ WMAQ, Chicago. "Shakespeare Of Harlem". Produced in co-operation with The Chicago Defender. The s...
+ WMAQ, Chicago. "Little David". Produced in co-operation with The Chicago Defender. The story of J...
|10.17.1948||the boy who was traded for a horse||
+ WMAQ, Chicago. "The Boy Who Was Traded For A Horse". Produced in co-operation with The Chicago De...
|11.07.1948||echoes of harlem||
+ WMAQ, Chicago. "Echoes Of Harlem". The story of Duke Ellington and how he put his band together.
|11.14.1948||one out of seventeen|
|11.21.1948||the rhyme of the ancient dodger||
+ WMAQ, Chicago. "The Rhyme Of The Ancient Dodger: The Story Of Jackie Robinson". Excellent writing...
|11.28.1948||investigator for democracy|
|12.05.1948||autobiography of a hero|
|01.09.1949||the boy who beat the bus|
+ WMAQ, Chicago. "Peace Mediator". The story of Dr. Ralph Bunche, son of a slave, now the United Na...
|03.13.1949||up from slavery|