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 Destination Freedom

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African-American Civil rights dramatic anthology (1948-1950)

Richard DurhamThe 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.

Vintage RadioFor 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.

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32 shows - total playtime 15 hours 47 minutes

DF 480627 001 Knock Kneed Man, The Crispus Attuckus
DF 480704 002 Railway to Freedom Harriet Tubman
DF 480718 004 The Denmark Vesey Story
DF 480725 005 The Making Of A Man
DF 480801 006 The Key To Freedom
DF 480808 007 The Heart of George Cotton
DF 480822 009 Arctic Biography
DF 480829 010 The Story of 1875
DF 480905 011 Poet of Pine Hill James Weldon Johnson
DF 480926 014 Shakespeare of Harlem Langston Hughes
DF 481010 016 Little David Joe Louis
DF 481017 017 Boy Who Was Traded for Horse-George Carver
DF 481107 019 Echoes of Harlem Duke Ellington
DF 481121 021 The Rhyme of the Ancient Dodger
DF 490220 034 Peace Mediator Dr Ralph Bunche
DF 490320 038 Black Boy
DF 490515 045 Ballad of Satchell Paige, The
DF 490605 048 AnatomyOfAnOrdinance
DF 490717 053 TalesOfStackalee
DF 490731 055 TrumpetTalks
DF 490807 056 TheLongRoad
DF 490828 059 Segregation Incorporated
DF 490904 060 The Saga of Senator Blanche K Bruce
DF 491009 066 Father to Son
DF 491116 069 Man Who Owned Chicago
DF 500105 075 BirthOfTheUrbanLeague
DF 500312 083 PremonitionOfThePanther
DF 500326 085 TheLiberatorsPt1
DF 500611 094 Shy Boy, The Thomas Fats Waller
DF 500702 097 Kansas City Phone Call Nat King Cole
DF 500813 103 Last Letter Home
DF 501015 000 First Paul Revere Epilog



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