Aired: February 13, 2016

Sheer Good Fortune

  • Sheer Good Fortune (28 min.)

    With: Nikki Giovanni (Virginia Tech) & Joanne Gabbin (James Madison University)

    Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison was born Chloe Wofford in 1931. She was 39 when she published her first novel about a black girl’s painful coming of age in a white society. The Bluest Eye and many subsequent works have earned Morrison the highest accolades in literature and established her as one of America’s leading fiction writers. Nikki Giovanni and Joanne Gabbin paid tribute to Morrison with an extravaganza at Virginia Tech that included nationally renowned writers, singers, and poets, including Maya Angelou. With Good Reason interviewed Morrison and shares highlights from the night of tributes.

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  • Equal Time (15 min.)

    With: Aniko Bodroghkozy (University of Virginia)

    The author of Equal Time: Television and the Civil Rights Movement explores how the newly created evening news shows shaped attitudes about race relations during the Civil Rights Movement. Aniko Bodroghkozy  (University of Virginia) investigates the network news treatment of events including the 1965 Selma voting rights campaign, integration riots at the University of Mississippi, and the March on Washington.

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  • The Queen of Folk (9 min.)

    With: Stephen Alcorn (Virginia Commonwealth University)

    We speak with the illustrator of the children’s book Odetta: The Queen of Folk, which tells the story of the legendary singer and social activist known as “the Voice of the Civil Rights Movement.” The book follows her renowned career and her influence on many of the most important singers of the folk revival of the 1960s.

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  • Give Me Your Hand

    Odetta Gordon, the legendary singer and social activist known as “the Voice of the Civil Rights Movement,” performs “Give Me Your Hand.” You can also listen to our interview with the illustrator of the children’s book Odetta: The Queen of Folk. The book follows Odetta’s renowned career and her influence on many of the most important singers of the folk revival of the 1960s.

  • TV and Civil Rights

    Last week Beyonce used the massive television platform of the Super Bowl to promote her new single, “Formation,” which made reference–among other things–to Hurricane Katrina, Black Lives Matter, and the Black Panthers. While Beyonce’s political statement was particularly grand, television and civil rights go hand in hand in American history. Allison Quantz shares the story of how civil rights groups were some of the first to harness the new technology for political causes.

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