July 1, 2004 In the latest Politically Speaking column, Congressional Correspondent David Welna says John Kerry may not be doing enough to win over the black and Latino vote.
July 1, 2004 Educator and producer Camille O. Cosby, whose play Having Our Say was nominated for a Tony Award, has teamed up with Emmy Award-winning journalist Renee Poussaint on a written and audio history project. Their collaboration looks at the professional and personal stories of African-American visionaries who helped shape America.
July 1, 2004 For author Frye Gaillard, Alabama is a place of heroes. Many of them are chronicled in his new book, Cradle of Freedom, about the tumultuous racial events of 40 years ago leading up to and beyond the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Gaillard.
July 1, 2004 A new book collects the stories of ordinary Americans who were involved in -- and transformed by -- the country's civil rights movements. NPR's Juan Williams, who compiled the oral histories, discusses them with NPR's Steve Inskeep.
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June 30, 2004 Day to Day looks back 60 years to the execution of George Stinney Jr., the youngest U.S. convict since the 1800s to be put to death. Karen Callahan and Eliza Bettinger of the independent production company Sound Portraits produced the story.
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June 30, 2004 Author and journalist Thulani Davis questions the true intentions behind Martha Stewart's offer to teach low-income women how to be entrepreneurs.
June 30, 2004 After World War II, millions of African Americans fled the U.S. South, seeking relief from racism and poverty in the cities of the North and West. Historian Josh Sides argues Los Angeles became a haven, offering black residents a chance to realize the American ideals of steady work and home ownership. NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Sides about his new book, LA City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present.
June 30, 2004 Speaking before the Hispanic organization La Raza, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry promises to reform immigration laws to ease citizenship rules for working immigrants. Kerry told the cheering crowd in Phoenix, Ariz., he would also work with Mexico to improve border security. Hear NPR's David Welna.
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June 30, 2004 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is hosting the first-ever major exhibition of paintings that reflect what many upper-class Spaniards thought about race, class and skin color during the time of the Spanish colonization of Mexico in the 1700s.
June 29, 2004 NPR's Tavis Smiley talks with teacher-turned-gospel-sensation Smokie Norful about the mainstreaming of gospel music.
June 29, 2004 The legacy of child heroes runs deep in African-American history. Commentator Janus Adams shares the stories that should be taught to children today.
June 29, 2004 NPR's Allison Keyes examines the state of black philanthropy in the nation. At a recent conference in Connecticut, hundreds gathered to discuss ways to help empower African Americans to make a greater financial difference in their communities.
June 29, 2004 NPR's Tavis Smiley talks with regular commentator and former GOP congressman J.C. Watts about the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and what it has meant to him and to other black Americans.
June 29, 2004 In the 19th and early 20th century, cosmetics entrepreneur and self-made millionaire C.J. Walker helped redefine ideals of beauty for African-American women. In the third part of her series on beauty, NPR's Susan Stamberg talks with A'Lelia Bundles, Walker's great-great-granddaughter and author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker.
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June 28, 2004 Last weekend, demonstrations against illegal immigration sweeps were held at various locations in Southern California. Writer Meri Danquah is passionate about this issue -- she was an illegal immigrant herself once and recalls her own terror of being exposed.
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