Tonight on the Nightfly, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, and commemorate the anniversary of his assassination (4/4/68). We'll hear from Dr. King in his own voice, as well as soul, jazz, gospel, and hip-hop tributes to Dr. King from Nina Simone, Smokey Robinson, and many more. Stream the show on PRX: http://www.prx.org/pieces/145802-the-nightfly-2015-13-in-memory-of-dr-martin-lu or get the first hour here: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/79941 and the second hour here: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/79943
Rev. Barrow's lifelong commitment to civil rights activism began at age 12, when she organized a demonstration with her fellow Black students, demanding to be allowed to ride the all-white school bus. She went to seminary at 16, and worked at a welder at a shipyard in Washington during WWII. In the 50's, Rev. Barrow worked as an organizer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). In 1963, she attended the March On Washington, and marched in 1965 on Bloody Sunday. Alongside Rev. Jesse Jackson, she helped organize the Chicago chapter of Operation Breadbasket, which later became Operation PUSH. In the 80s,she served as president of Operation PUSH, and was Rev. Jackson's campaing manager when he ran for president in 1984. She was an advocate for women's rights and LGBT equality, and was an AIDS activist (her son, Keith, died of AIDS in 1983). Rev. Barrow was a mentor to countless young activists, and in later years, focused on gun violence in Chicago and threats to the Voting Rights Act. She died March 12, 2015, just days after hearing her godson, President Barack Obama, speak at the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. She was 90.
Ms. Nelson was jailed many times for her actions as a civil rights activist and war tax resister. She was first arrested in 1943, at some of the earliest lunch counter sit-ins. Ms. Nelson was a Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) organizer, and worked on desegregation campaigns in Cincinnati and Washington, DC. In 1948, she co-founded the Christian pacifist group Peacemakers, and in 1959, she became the first woman to be apprehended for war tax refusal. She and her husband Wally moved to Woolman Hill, a Quaker conference center in Deerfield, MA. They built their own house of salvaged materials, grew most of their own food organically on 1/2 acre of land, and lived without plumbing or electricity. She remained in her off-the-grid home until 2011. Ms. Nelson died March 12, 2014, at age 91. "If there are winners in life, there have to be losers. Rather than be either, I refuse to play the game."
Sanguine Fromage, WERU radio personality since 2005, current host of UpFront Soul, former host of The Nightfly, Off the Wall, Enjoy Yourself, and Sound Travels.
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