|On 1a this morning: The Radical Storytelling Of ‘Destination Freedom’|
The show will be archived at the1a.org
How do you change your story when someone else is telling it?
For activists, that’s always a difficult question to answer. But in the mid-20th century, on the airwaves of Chicago, black activists had a voice, right before the civil rights movement started gaining momentum.
That voice was Destination Freedom, an audio drama program that was written and produced by Richard Durham.
Hear all the episodes of Destination Freedom.
The weekly show had recurring themes of economic and social freedom, and it featured the lives of black history makers in a way that countered the overwhelmingly negative stereotypes about African-Americans heard on the rest of the radio. During the show, we hear some of “Destination Freedom,” and talk about what it meant to tell your own story in an age before social media made it easy.
author, “Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom;" professor at Howard University
Film historian, host of WAMU's Big Broadcast