Confederate monuments are coming down. What goes up in their place? Who really deserves a monument?
Inspired by one Baltimore high school, this podcast investigates the history of Confederate monuments and symbols—and their uncertain future. But mostly, it explores monumental moments through the stories of five unsung African Americans whose courage and cunning dramatically shaped American history.
If you wish you could remember more of what you learned in American history, but hate being bored, this podcast is for you. Walk in the shoes of people who lived and breathed the Fugitive Slave Act, the 15th Amendment, the 19th Amendment, Plessy vs. Ferguson, Brown vs. Board of Education and the Freedom Rides firsthand. Celebrate Black History Month every month with this eight-part series hosted by history translator Sarah Lohnes and featuring living descendants, historians like Martha S. Jones, David Taft Terry, and Melba Joyce Boyd, politicians and artists.
Episode 8: How We Remember
Is a monument the only (or best) way to remember a life well lived? Check in with students, activists, and civic leaders- and pretty much everyone else you've heard from in the podcast- for the many creative ways they are building and teaching the legacies of our heroes. Learn what's bad about textbooks, what can be great about monuments, and whether the Gorsuches and Parkers have made amends. Featuring Tianna Hunt, Callie Brizzi, Noel Flournoy, Ryan Patterson, and Owen Silverman Andrews.
Episode 7: Irene Morgan's Ride for Freedom
Rosa Parks wasn’t the first to refuse her seat on a bus. Eleven years prior, an ordinary mother named Irene Morgan took a brave stand that set a movement in motion. Listen to learn everything you've missed. Featuring Brenda Bacquie, Janine Bacquie, Raymond Arsenault, Robin Washington, Irene Morgan, and Rosa Parks.
Episode 6: Victorine Adams and the Swing Vote
In the 1930s, Baltimore was run by a powerful political boss named Jack Pollack, and African Americans were largely shut out of politics. This is the story of the woman who changed all that, one housewife, one doorbell, and one meeting at a time. Featuring Ida Jones, David Taft Terry, Mark Cheshire, Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke.
Episode 5: The Afro-American's Frontpage News
This is the story of the skillful drumbeat of legal action that chipped away at the idea of separate but equal. It’s about a community of fearless leaders, with one family, and one newspaper, at the center. Profiling John H. Murphy, Sr., and Carl Murphy. Featuring Toni Draper, Savannah Wood, David Taft Terry, and Dennis Halpin.
Episode 4: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's Free Land
When the dominant narrative fails, one woman becomes the counter narrative. Her words awaken a nation to the humanity of enslaved and free African Americans during a pivotal time. Featuring Amanda S.C. Gorman, Melba Joyce Boyd, Martha S. Jones, and Sonya Marie Pouncy.
Episode 3: William Parker's Rebellion at Christiana
How did an orphaned, teenage runaway slave ignite the largest treason trial in U.S. history, pave the way for the Civil War and maybe even play a role in President Lincoln’s assassination? Featuring William Frederick Parker, Bryan Prince, Dave Taylor and Dennis Neal.
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Really inspiring stories. I loved listening to it!
I started listening to this podcast because I was interested in the City Neighbors school project but I will continue to listen to these stories! I love history and this is a great opportunity to expand my knowledge.