Essential Pittsburgh
11:23 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: Freedom, Race & the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Are We So Different?

President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr., Whitney Young, James Farmer in January 1964. In July of that year he signed the Civil Rights Act into law.
President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr., Whitney Young, James Farmer in January 1964. In July of that year he signed the Civil Rights Act into law.
Credit Yoichi R. Okamoto / LBJ Library and Museum

These topics air Tuesday June 17, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.  

Voices from the Firing Line

CCAC Professor Ralph Proctor has just released his latest book Voices from the Firing Line: A Personal Account of the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement. He joins us to discuss the demonstrations and the methodology of those in the movement as well as the results achieved.

Freedom Summer

We'll remember the Freedom Summer of 1964 when college students traveled into the deep south to help African-Americans register to vote. Three students were murdered that summer in Mississippi including Andrew Goodman. Before she passed away in 2007, Goodman's mother Carolyn collaborated with author Brad Herzog on a book called My Mantelpiece, a memoir of survival and social justice. Herzog will join us in studio A.

Race: Are We So Different?

Race: Are We So Different is one of the current exhibits at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Examining the history of how race has been defined and its impact on our lives we’ll go behind the scenes of the exhibit with Cecile Shellman, communications and community specialist for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

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