Commemorative Program for Martin Luther King, Jr. (1989)
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This program was produced in 1989 to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) for the national holiday in his honor. It featured an excerpt from the commencement speech he gave at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1965 where he quoted the words of Horace Mann (May 4, 1796-August 2, 1859) the first president of Antioch College Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. The program included poets responding to Kings words. SuSu Jeffrey, poet and activist, originally from Dayton, Ohio but moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota read her poem Manta for the Children of Atlanta. The manta was created by SuSu Jeffrey, Ruth Dawson, Pam Davis, Giovanni Ramos and Roger Sutton. Deborah Stokes Abraham, Professor at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio read from the black anthology Black Poetry for All Americans edited by Leon Weisman and Elfreda S. Wright published by the Globe Book Company in 1971. This book was included in the Afro American Collection at the Hallie Q. Brown Library at Central State University. Abraham read poems about the Afro American experience written by Afro-Americans. She gained her lifelong appreciation of literature from her father Bishop Rembrandt Stokes reading poems by Paul Lawrence Dunbar. She taught English at Central State University and lived in Wilberforce, Ohio. She selected the following poems: We Wear the Mask by Paul Lawrence Dunbar Sympathy by Paul Lawrence Dunbar I Too by Langston Hughes Martin Luther King by Raymond Richard Patterson The Prize by Bessie Woodson Yancey The Negros Plea by Catherine Cooley A Sparrow Is a Bird by Margaret Danner The Rebel by Maree E. Evans I Dream A World by Langston Hughes Voice In The Crowd by Ted Jones A Baptist minister and prominent civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. led a number of demonstrations including the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 and the March on Washington, D.C. in 1963 where he gave his I Have a Dream speech. In 1957, he co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference that advocated non-violent civil disobedience to protest for civil rights. Before his untimely death, he worked to end poverty and to end the Vietnam War. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Co-Producer: Dawson, Ruth
Producing Organization: WYSO
producing station: WYSO FM 91.3 Public Radio
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Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Generation: Audio/Radio program (Dub)
Duration: 0:28:34
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MLA: “Commemorative Program for Martin Luther King, Jr. (1989).” WYSO, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. April 25, 2019. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_27-cf9j38kv54>.
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