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Destination Freedom

The concept of African-American civil rights was not mainstream at the end of the 1940's. Shows like Destination Freedom on WMAQ helped pave the way to a better society.

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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 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 15 hours, 47 min
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      32 shows - total playtime 15 hours 47 minutes
      1. DF 480627 001 Knock Kneed Man, The Crispus Attuckus.mp3
      2. DF 480704 002 Railway to Freedom Harriet Tubman.mp3
      3. DF 480718 004 The Denmark Vesey Story.mp3
      4. DF 480725 005 The Making Of A Man.mp3
      5. DF 480801 006 The Key To Freedom.mp3
      6. DF 480808 007 The Heart of George Cotton.mp3
      7. DF 480822 009 Arctic Biography.mp3
      8. DF 480829 010 The Story of 1875.mp3
      9. DF 480905 011 Poet of Pine Hill James Weldon Johnson.mp3
      10. DF 480926 014 Shakespeare of Harlem Langston Hughes.mp3
      11. DF 481010 016 Little David Joe Louis.mp3
      12. DF 481017 017 Boy Who Was Traded for Horse-George Carver.mp3
      13. DF 481107 019 Echoes of Harlem Duke Ellington.mp3
      14. DF 481121 021 The Rhyme of the Ancient Dodger.mp3
      15. DF 490220 034 Peace Mediator Dr Ralph Bunche.mp3
      16. DF 490320 038 Black Boy.mp3
      17. DF 490515 045 Ballad of Satchell Paige, The.mp3
      18. DF 490605 048 AnatomyOfAnOrdinance.mp3
      19. DF 490717 053 TalesOfStackalee.mp3
      20. DF 490731 055 TrumpetTalks.mp3
      21. DF 490807 056 TheLongRoad.mp3
      22. DF 490828 059 Segregation Incorporated.mp3
      23. DF 490904 060 The Saga of Senator Blanche K Bruce.mp3
      24. DF 491009 066 Father to Son.mp3
      25. DF 491116 069 Man Who Owned Chicago.mp3
      26. DF 500105 075 BirthOfTheUrbanLeague.mp3
      27. DF 500312 083 PremonitionOfThePanther.mp3
      28. DF 500326 085 TheLiberatorsPt1.mp3
      29. DF 500611 094 Shy Boy, The Thomas Fats Waller.mp3
      30. DF 500702 097 Kansas City Phone Call Nat King Cole.mp3
      31. DF 500813 103 Last Letter Home.mp3
      32. DF 501015 000 First Paul Revere Epilog.mp3
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    32 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 15 hours, 47 min
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      32 shows - total playtime 15 hours 47 minutes
      1. DF 480627 001 Knock Kneed Man, The Crispus Attuckus.mp3
      2. DF 480704 002 Railway to Freedom Harriet Tubman.mp3
      3. DF 480718 004 The Denmark Vesey Story.mp3
      4. DF 480725 005 The Making Of A Man.mp3
      5. DF 480801 006 The Key To Freedom.mp3
      6. DF 480808 007 The Heart of George Cotton.mp3
      7. DF 480822 009 Arctic Biography.mp3
      8. DF 480829 010 The Story of 1875.mp3
      9. DF 480905 011 Poet of Pine Hill James Weldon Johnson.mp3
      10. DF 480926 014 Shakespeare of Harlem Langston Hughes.mp3
      11. DF 481010 016 Little David Joe Louis.mp3
      12. DF 481017 017 Boy Who Was Traded for Horse-George Carver.mp3
      13. DF 481107 019 Echoes of Harlem Duke Ellington.mp3
      14. DF 481121 021 The Rhyme of the Ancient Dodger.mp3
      15. DF 490220 034 Peace Mediator Dr Ralph Bunche.mp3
      16. DF 490320 038 Black Boy.mp3
      17. DF 490515 045 Ballad of Satchell Paige, The.mp3
      18. DF 490605 048 AnatomyOfAnOrdinance.mp3
      19. DF 490717 053 TalesOfStackalee.mp3
      20. DF 490731 055 TrumpetTalks.mp3
      21. DF 490807 056 TheLongRoad.mp3
      22. DF 490828 059 Segregation Incorporated.mp3
      23. DF 490904 060 The Saga of Senator Blanche K Bruce.mp3
      24. DF 491009 066 Father to Son.mp3
      25. DF 491116 069 Man Who Owned Chicago.mp3
      26. DF 500105 075 BirthOfTheUrbanLeague.mp3
      27. DF 500312 083 PremonitionOfThePanther.mp3
      28. DF 500326 085 TheLiberatorsPt1.mp3
      29. DF 500611 094 Shy Boy, The Thomas Fats Waller.mp3
      30. DF 500702 097 Kansas City Phone Call Nat King Cole.mp3
      31. DF 500813 103 Last Letter Home.mp3
      32. DF 501015 000 First Paul Revere Epilog.mp3
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    32 recordings on 16 Audio CDs
    total playtime 15 hours, 47 min

    Disc A001

    1. DF 480627 001 Knock Kneed Man, The Crispus Attuckus
    2. DF 480704 002 Railway to Freedom Harriet Tubman

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    Disc A002

    1. DF 480718 004 The Denmark Vesey Story
    2. DF 480725 005 The Making Of A Man

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    Disc A003

    1. DF 480801 006 The Key To Freedom
    2. DF 480808 007 The Heart of George Cotton

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    Disc A004

    1. DF 480822 009 Arctic Biography
    2. DF 480829 010 The Story of 1875

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    Disc A005

    1. DF 480905 011 Poet of Pine Hill James Weldon Johnson
    2. DF 480926 014 Shakespeare of Harlem Langston Hughes

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    Disc A006

    1. DF 481010 016 Little David Joe Louis
    2. DF 481017 017 Boy Who Was Traded for Horse-George Carver

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    Disc A007

    1. DF 481107 019 Echoes of Harlem Duke Ellington
    2. DF 481121 021 The Rhyme of the Ancient Dodger

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    Disc A008

    1. DF 490220 034 Peace Mediator Dr Ralph Bunche
    2. DF 490320 038 Black Boy

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    Disc A009

    1. DF 490515 045 Ballad of Satchell Paige, The
    2. DF 490605 048 AnatomyOfAnOrdinance

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    Disc A010

    1. DF 490717 053 TalesOfStackalee
    2. DF 490731 055 TrumpetTalks

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    Disc A011

    1. DF 490807 056 TheLongRoad
    2. DF 490828 059 Segregation Incorporated

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    Disc A012

    1. DF 490904 060 The Saga of Senator Blanche K Bruce
    2. DF 491009 066 Father to Son

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    Disc A013

    1. DF 491116 069 Man Who Owned Chicago
    2. DF 500105 075 BirthOfTheUrbanLeague

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    Disc A014

    1. DF 500312 083 PremonitionOfThePanther
    2. DF 500326 085 TheLiberatorsPt1

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    Disc A015

    1. DF 500611 094 Shy Boy, The Thomas Fats Waller
    2. DF 500702 097 Kansas City Phone Call Nat King Cole

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    Disc A016

    1. DF 500813 103 Last Letter Home
    2. DF 501015 000 First Paul Revere Epilog

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