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Destination Freedom Black Radio Days

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A live radio show picks up where the first nationwide African-American radio drama, produced in Chicago by Richard Durham more than sixty years ago, left off. The show walked a daring line between reform and revolution, and was shut down by its network in 1950, as McCarthyism and anti-communism tightened its grip on American broadcasting.

As well as drawing on the archive of Destination Freedom (now branded Black Radio Days classic) this program illuminates a largely unknown, but important chapter in the history of human rights and tells how radio played its part from the very beginning. That boundary-breaking program, Destination Freedom, dramatized the lives of great figures in African-American and other people of color past and present, continues in its spirit with all-new scripts.

Produced by donnie l. betts.

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Episodes

S2 Ep21 Stono: An Audio Ritual

S2 Ep21 Stono: An Audio Ritual

This is donnie l. betts producer-director of Destination Freedom Black Radio Days. Three years ago I reached out to writer composer T. Carlis Roberts to create a piece for the series Destination Freedom ...
S2 EP20 Of Blood and The Boogie: The Story of Albert Ammons featuring Oscar Brown Jr.

S2 EP20 Of Blood and The Boogie: The Story of Albert Ammons featuring Oscar Brown Jr.

Albert Ammons was born in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were pianists, and he had learned to play by the age of ten. His interest in boogie-woogie is attributed to his close friendship with Meade Lux ...
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S2 EP19 A Conversation with the writers of Give Me Liberty: A Freeman’s Story, John and Sydney Futrell

This episode features a conversation with the writers of the three part series Give Me Liberty: A Freeman Story, John and Sydney Futrell. The piece was inspired by real events, as described in genealogy documents ...
S2 EP18 - The Eclectic - Interview with Colorado 2021 Teacher of The Year Gerardo Munzo

S2 EP18 – The Eclectic – Interview with Colorado 2021 Teacher of The Year Gerardo Munzo

Gerardo Muñoz, 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year. Gerardo A. Muñoz of Denver, Colorado, is a high school and middle school social studies teacher at the Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) ...
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S2 EP 17 The Gravediggers Handicap: The Story of Issac Murphy

The Kentucky Derby is held on the first Saturday of May every year. Folks may be familiar with the fine clothes, big hats, and of course the fast horses. But did you know the first 10 winners of the Derby ...
S2 EP16 The Eclectic - Interview with Entrepreneur Jice Johnson

S2 EP16 The Eclectic – Interview with Entrepreneur Jice Johnson

Jice Johnson is the Founder and CVO of the Black Business Initiative and Principle in the New Community Transformation Fund - Denver. Jice is a U.S Army Veteran, a mother of three, and an astute businesswoman ...

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