Civil Rights http://wesa.fm en A Mother's Loss During The Freedom Summer http://wesa.fm/post/mothers-loss-during-freedom-summer <p></p><p>Fifty years ago this week, three men who were working for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_Summer">Freedom Summer</a>, a project to register black voters in the South, disappeared.</p><p>The bodies of Andrew Goodman, James Cheney, and Michael Schwerner&nbsp;were found 44 days later by the FBI.</p><p>The men had been driving through Mississippi when they were pulled over by Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price and led off the road, where they were <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_civil_rights_workers%27_murders">shot and killed</a> by members of the local Ku Klux Klan.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before she passed away in 2007, Goodman's mother Carolyn collaborated with author Brad Herzog on a book called </span><a href="http://www.whynotbooks.com/my-mantelpiece.html" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>My Mantelpiece</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a memoir of survival and social justice. Herzog talked about his collaboration with Mrs. Goodman, who was an activist herself, and the influence she had on her son. </span> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:15:35 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31085 at http://wesa.fm A Mother's Loss During The Freedom Summer Voices from the Firing Line: Jim Crowe Customs in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/voices-firing-line-jim-crowe-customs-pittsburgh <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Community County of Allegheny County Professor </span><a href="http://www.ccac.edu/default.aspx?id=153290" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ralph Proctor</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has just released his latest book V</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">oices from the Firing Line: A Personal Account of the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Written as a personal narrative, the book discusses demonstrations and the methodology of those in the movement, as well as the results they achieved.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Proctor said he remembers a segregated Pittsburgh, even though he was far away from the Jim Crowe laws of the south.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:47:07 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31078 at http://wesa.fm Voices from the Firing Line: Jim Crowe Customs in Pittsburgh Why the "I Have a Dream" Speech Endures http://wesa.fm/post/why-i-have-dream-speech-endures <p></p><p>When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech in 1963, he brought the Civil Rights movement into the homes of mainstream white America.</p><p>As the first big integrated protest to be staged in the north, PR counselor and executive speech writer Bob Oltmanns says at that point in history, the speech was a breakout PR moment. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:18:56 +0000 Heather McClain 15547 at http://wesa.fm Why the "I Have a Dream" Speech Endures A Moment Of Peaceful Integration in 1963 http://wesa.fm/post/moment-peaceful-integration-1963 <p>Greensburg native, William Severini Kowinski was 17 years old when he participated in the March on Washington for Jobs &amp; Freedom on August 28th, 1963. He had been campaigning for John F. Kennedy since the age of 15 and was inspired by Kennedy’s views on the civil rights struggle.</p><p>Kowinski went by train with a group called the Catholic Interracial Council. It was only his second train ride and his most vivid memory of the ride involved a train car packed with young people. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:40:30 +0000 Heather McClain 15541 at http://wesa.fm A Moment Of Peaceful Integration in 1963 Comemmorating the March on Washington http://wesa.fm/post/comemmorating-march-washington <p>Nelson Harrison is a Pittsburgh musician who teaches jazz and played with numerous groups including the Count Basie Orchestra. He was at the March on Washington in 1963 and talks about how the march shaped who he is today. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:47:37 +0000 Marcus Charleston 15489 at http://wesa.fm Comemmorating the March on Washington Pittsburgh Civil Rights Leader Remembers the 1963 March on Washington http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-civil-rights-leader-remembers-1963-march-washington <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-7f443f84-abce-4df3-c0fb-f86ce45fc1d6" style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Long-time civil right activist and former Pittsburgh City Councilman Sala Udin recently spoke with WESA Senior News Editor, Mark Nootbaar about his <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/sala-udin-remembers-march-washington">memories of the 1963 March on Washington</a>. </span> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:31:50 +0000 Heather McClain 15343 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Civil Rights Leader Remembers the 1963 March on Washington Sala Udin Remembers the March on Washington http://wesa.fm/post/sala-udin-remembers-march-washington <p>Fifty years ago, Sala Udin was a 19-year-old living with his aunt and cousin in New York. He was involved in the civil rights movement but was not as active in the struggle as he would soon become.<br> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 02:52:50 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 15280 at http://wesa.fm The Passing of Former Governor William Scranton http://wesa.fm/post/passing-former-governor-william-scranton <p>William Scranton, former Republican governor of Pennsylvania, died Sunday night at the age of 96. He served as governor from 1962-66, carrying a political outlook that has set him apart from his political party, both then and now.</p><p>According to Terry Madonna, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, Scranton’s approach to governing was that of a “Kennedy Republican,” one who believed that the government should play an active role in helping the lives of others. Though Scranton was a man who was, as Madonna puts it “born to the manor,” or born into exorbitant wealth, he was instilled with a sense of responsibility for his community at an early age. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:53:45 +0000 John Lavanga 14004 at http://wesa.fm The Passing of Former Governor William Scranton