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Tent City & Baltimore’s Renewed Civil Rights Campaign

Tent City PhotoSeptember 6, 2017 – Tent City

For our latest podcast we interviewed some of the organizers and participants from the Tent City who camped out in front of Baltimore’s City Hall.  Many were homeless, some were housing insecure and some were supporters demanding housing for the homeless. They closed the encampment after certain promises were made by the Mayor.  So we pick up the conversation exploring why they camped out and what they think the future of their movement will bring.

Enjoy the podcast.

Sherrilyn Ifill: American Politics and The LDF

Sherrilyn Ifill (Credit: Speakerpedia)March 24, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation with Sherrilyn Ifill, the seventh President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, regarding the hearings of the Neil Gorsuch nomination the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.



Dozens of Activists Occupy Baltimore City Hall Overnight

October 15, 2015 – Segment 1

Our show begins with an update of the events that unfolded last night after local activists occupied Baltimore’s City Hall following the confirmation hearing of newly appointed police commissioner, Kevin Davis. We are also updated on the status of those peaceful protesters who were arrested early this morning.   Guest host, Karsonya “Dr. Kaye” Wise Whitehead speaks with Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.


Justice or Else: Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March

October 13, 2015 – Segment 3Justice_OR_Else_255x360

Our panel reflects on the Million Man March 2o years on, and the role of the millennials in the modern movement.

Our panel of guests:  Malaika Aminata Clements, Morgan State University Print Journalism graduate and freelance life experiencer; Meshelle the Indie Mom of Comedy, former Open Society Institute-Baltimore Community Fellow and Founder of Goaldiggers, the Sankofa Project; Farajii Muhammad, Host of Listen Up! on WEAA 88.9-FM and member of the Nation of Islam; and Minister Carlos Muhammad, Baltimore representative for Minister Louis Farrakhan and Student Minister for Muhammad Mosque Number 6 in Baltimore.

From The Archives: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North

 The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the NorthJanuary 2, 2015 – Segment 2

Marc talks with historian Thomas Sugrue, whose latest book is an examination of the struggle for equal rights in the North.

So much of the history of the movement has focused on the work in the South, in cities like Birmingham, Montgomery, Atlanta and Selma, and on the work of Southern groups like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  But in America’s northern cities, all was not equal and calm.  In Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North, we meet the characters that lead the charge for equal rights in the North.  Thomas Sugrue joined Marc to discuss his book.

This segment originally aired on December 16, 2008.

Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer

FANNY LOU HAMERAugust 28, 2014 – Segment 3

We look back 50 years and remember Fannie Lou Hamer’s heartrending and inspirational speech given at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. With: author and songwriter John Wesley, who was Fannie Lou Hamer’s godson; and Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of History at Tufts University and author of the award-winning Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama.


Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park: History and Integration

Druid Hill ParkFebruary 19, 2014 – Segment 2

Marc interviews Anne Draddy, the head of the TreeBaltimore Program about her work and the history of Druid Hill Park. She is also a coauthor of a book on the park, Druid Hill Park: The Heart of Historic Baltimore.  The interview is one of our Urbanite Radio Stories.

The interview is followed by a rebroadcast of a segment we did in 2008 about the integration of the Druid Hill Park tennis courts when 62 years ago, eight white, black and Jewish tennis players integrated the tennis courts at Druid Hill Park. Twenty-four people were arrested as a result. Marc takes a look at this historic event with:

  • Mitzi Swann – Arrested that day
  • Nellie Brisco Garner – Observed the event as a young teenager
  • and Douglas Bishop – Lifeguard at the “colored pool” in Druid Hill Park in the 1950’s.

This segment originally aired June 30, 2010.


Forget Duck Dynasty: There Are Important Civil Rights Battles To Fight

IFILLJanuary 6, 2014 – Segment 3

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, joins us to talk about how media hype around bigoted comments made by public figures can distract us from focusing on important civil rights struggles. Last week Ifill wrote an article for The Root: “Forget Duck Dynasty: There Are Important Civil Rights Battles To Fight.”


Bill Grimmette Performs Carl Murphy’s Editorials

Carl Murphy

November 8, 2013 – Segment 3

Enjoy these three editorials, written by Carl Murphy and read by master storyteller Bill Grimmette.

First, you will hear an editorial from 1952, in which Murphy examines the Republican party’s decision to campaign in the south. Next, in an editorial from 1954, he asks why some whites are so uncomfortable with the ruling of Brown v. Board of Education, and implores Black leaders to use more care in their public speaking. Finally, in an editorial from 1963 he discusses the upcoming March on Washington, with a rousing refrain, “Come on down, Marchers!”

This podcast was originally posted December 5, 2008. 


Remembering The March On Washington And Emmett Till

March on WashingtonAugust 28, 2013 – Segment 1

We start our show commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and remembering Emmett Till, who was murdered 58 years ago today. Our guests include: Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Morgan State University; Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; and John Milton Wesley, author, songwriter, and Senior Fellow in Social Marketing with the National Center for Health Behavioral Change at Morgan State University.


The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

William P. JonesAugust 9, 2013 – Segment 2

As we look to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we talk with author William P. Jones about his book The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights. William P. Jones is  a professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin — Madison.


Supreme Court Decision On Voting Rights

voteJune 26, 2013 – Segment 1

We discuss this week’s Supreme Court decision striking down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. The ruling allows nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval. Joining us for the discussion are:

  • Ari Berman, contributing writer for The Nation magazine;
  • Aderson Francois, Associate Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law;
  • Michael Higginbotham, Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law.


1963: The Music and The Movement

1963: The music and the movementJune 14, 2013 – Segment 2

Hear from Robert Shahid, co-host of WEAA’s Baltimore Blend, who will tell us about the event that WEAA will host next Wednesday, June 19, in partnership with the Creative Alliance: “1963: The Music and The Movement.” The event, which promises to be inspirational and educational, will entail a panel discussion focused on music in the era of the civil rights movement.



A Conversation With The Goon Squad


June 12, 2013 – Segment 4

We commemorate the passing of Dr. Homer Favor as we listen back to a very special conversation with original members of the Goon Squad, legendary civil rights activists from Baltimore. Recorded in 2006 after Parren Mitchell died, the conversation features Dr. Homer Favor, Lalit Gadhia, Oliver Patrick Scott, Rev. Vernon Dobson, and Rev. Marion Bascom.


Remembering Medgar Evers


June 12, 2013 – Segment 1

We mark the 50th anniversary of civil rights leader Medgar Evers’ assassination. We’re joined by Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University, and John Wesley, author, songwriter, and Senior Fellow in Social Marketing with the National Center for Health Behavioral Change at Morgan State University.


Race and the Civil Rights Movement in Music and Media

We Shall Not Be MovedJune 5, 2013 – Hour 2

We bring you a panel discussion we recorded this past semester at UMBC, titled “Race and the Civil Rights Movement in Music and Media.” The panel, moderated by Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor in the Department of American Studies at UMBC, included stories from: