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Freedom’s Promise is a podcast hosted by author Duchess Harris with her 12 year-old son, Zach Thomas. They feature African-American topics covered in Freedom’s Promise, a new line of books written by Duchess for third to sixth grade readers and published by Abdo Books in Edina, MN. Join Duchess and Zach each week to hear their dynamic conversation about these topics — some well-known, some unique.

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Freedom’s Promise is a podcast hosted by author Duchess Harris with her 12 year-old son, Zach Thomas. They feature African-American topics covered in Freedom’s Promise, a new line of books written by Duchess for third to sixth grade readers and published by Abdo Books in Edina, MN. Join Duchess and Zach each week to hear their dynamic conversation about these topics — some well-known, some unique.

    Episode 08: Ruby Bridges & Barbara Jordan

    Episode 08: Ruby Bridges & Barbara Jordan

    Teen Zach Thomas and his mom, professor and author Duchess Harris, focus this time on some black girl magic. They tell the stories of Ruby Bridges, who in 1960 at age 6 integrated New Orleans schools, and Barbara Jordan who, at the same time was breaking down barriers facing black women in the US Congress. Making this all relevant to 2019, they discuss Ilhan Omar, US Congresswoman from Minnesota, who became one of the first to wear her hijab on the House floor.
    More info:
    For more information about the Freedom's Promise books and the Duchess Harris Collection, visit http://www.abdobooks.com/duchess-harris-collection
    For more information about Duchess Harris, visit http://www.duchessharris.com/
    To request a text-document transcription of this episode, email barry@fireonthebluff.com
    Freedom's Promise, podcast and radio series credits
    Duchess Harris: Writer and host
    Zach Thomas: Co-host
    Barry Madore, Fire on the Bluff Productions: Producer, recording engineer, editor
    Opening and closing music: “Black cat Funky” by reusenoise — http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/reusenoise/56513 — (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license
    Freedom's Promise Show page: http://freedomspromise.libsyn.com

    • 20 min
    The Scottsboro Boys

    The Scottsboro Boys

    Teen Zach Thomas and his mom, professor and author Duchess Harris, explore the story of the arrest in 1931 of nine falsely accused black teen boys in Scottsboro Alabama and the impact of the trials – spanning decades – that followed.
    More info:
    For more information about the Freedom's Promise books and the Duchess Harris Collection, visit http://www.abdobooks.com/duchess-harris-collection For more information about Duchess Harris, visit http://www.duchessharris.com/ To request a text-document transcription of this episode, email barry@fireonthebluff.com "Strange Fruit," Billie Holiday, (c) 2009 UMG Recordings, Inc. Freedom's Promise, podcast and radio series credits
    Duchess Harris: Writer and host Zach Thomas: Co-host Barry Madore, Fire on the Bluff Productions: Producer, recording engineer, editor Opening and closing music: “Black cat Funky” by reusenoise — http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/reusenoise/56513 — (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license Freedom's Promise Show page: http://freedomspromise.libsyn.com

    • 11 min
    Oney Judge

    Oney Judge

    In this episode of Freedom's Promise, Duchess and Zach continue their exploration of slavery in the United States. This time they talk about U.S. Presidents who owned slaves focusing specifically on the story of Oney Judge who was owned by our first president George Washington and his wife Martha and who used her ingenuity to escape.

    • 11 min
    The Grand Contraband Camp

    The Grand Contraband Camp

    Zach takes over as host to interview his mom, Duchess Harris, about her book The Grand Contraband Camp. They discuss the various ways slaves gained their own freedom prior to the Emancipation Proclamation and relate the rarely told story of the Grand Contraband Camp where previously enslaved blacks lived freely in the South during the Civil War.

    • 10 min
    Hidden Heroes: The Human Computers of NASA

    Hidden Heroes: The Human Computers of NASA

    Duchess Harris and her son Zach present the story of the black women "hidden human computers" of NASA. Duchess' own grandmother -- Zach's great grandmother -- Miriam Daniel Mann was one of these amazing women who made significant contributions to NASA from the 1940s to the 1960s. They connect their personal family story to the history of the "space race" and discuss the obstacles blacks -- especially women -- faced in achieving a math and science education.

    • 14 min
    Blacks in Paris and the Little Rock Nine

    Blacks in Paris and the Little Rock Nine

    Duchess and Zach focus on Josephine Baker and Daisy Bates -- the only two women to speak at the March on Washington (episode 02) -- to tell the larger stories of Blacks in Paris and the Little Rock Nine desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

Flojospeaks ,

Eager for what’s to come

I’ve listened to each podcast, and enjoy the various topics tremendously. I especially enjoy Zach’s perspective. My favorite broadcast is the one on American Blacks who expatriated to Paris in the early 1920s. Eager for what is to come. Thank you both. The series is well done.

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