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Bala James Baptiste

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496822062

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496822062.001.0001

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Some Black Broadcasters Spoke Concerning the Civil Rights Movement

Some Black Broadcasters Spoke Concerning the Civil Rights Movement

(p.93) Chapter Six Some Black Broadcasters Spoke Concerning the Civil Rights Movement
Race and Radio

Bala J. Baptiste

University Press of Mississippi

The verdict is mixed concerning the extent black broadcasters in the city provided interpretation of issues related to the modern Civil Rights Movement between 1954–1968. The black press, owned by African Americans and relatively independent, covered civil rights news locally and nationally. For example Louisiana Weekly in New Orleans provided quotes from speeches, such as those delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. The paper also published commentary concerning the movement. Nevertheless, broadcaster Larry McKinley produced programming targeting blacks. He was so moved by a King speech in 1957 that he attempted to join the rights group CORE, but could not "turn the other cheek." CORE representatives asked him to go on air and broadcast times and locations of rallies and other public meetings. McKinley also interview foots soldiers such as CORE member Jerome Smith who was terribly brutalized by white terrorists in Birmingham during the Freedom Rides in 1961.

Keywords:   Civil Rights Movement, Louisiana Weekly, Martin Luther King Jr, CORE, Freedom Rides

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