Sat August 14th, 21st and 28th 89.3 FM www.kuvo.org will rebroadcast 3 show from the radio series the radio series Destination Freedom at from 7am to 8am.
After listening go to our new shopping cart at www.blackradiodays.com/shop and pick up a copy of a CD or DVD. Funds will help to make the film on Childhood sex abuse We Wear The Mask, you can now donate there as well. It is a secure site.
Destination Freedom is a half-hour drama series originally written and produced by Richard Durham from 1948 – 1950. Each show profiles the life of many African American heroes and sheroes and their myriad struggles as members of humanity.
August 14th “Diary of a Nurse” – offers a glimpse at the life of Jane Edna Hunter, nurse and founder of the National Phyllis Wheatley Association. This episode also features an after show concert with four-time Grammy nominated Nnenna Freelon.
· August 21st “The Kansas City Phone Call” – the Story of Nat King Cole features Nat King Cole’s younger brother Freddy Cole singing the role of his brother. Oscar Brown Jr., (himself a legend) performed the speaking role of Nat. Mr. Brown was an original cast member of the original Black Radio Days series that aired from 1949 to 1951. The after show featured conversation and performances by both Freddy Cole and Oscar Brown Jr.
August 28th “POET OF BRONZEVILLE” The Story of Gwendolyn Brooks
Featuring Oscar Brown Jr., Fred Pinkard and Studs Trekel
Oscar Brown Jr was an original cast member of the series in 1948 performing in about 90% of the shows. He is a native of Chicago and has earned a legendary reputation as a major artist for his work as writer and a performer over a span of more than half a century.
Studs Terkel is master of the oral interview. He is the author of eight oral histories, including “The Spectator,” “The Good War,” and “Working”. He is also the recipient of a National Humanities Medal and the Pulitzer Prize. He performed in many of the original Destination Freedom broadcasts.
Fred Pinkard is an original cast member of Destination Freedom performing in about 90% of the shows. He still performs in his own one-man show and has appeared on such TV shows as Seinfield.
Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas but her family moved to Chicago when she was four. Brooks began rhyming by the age of seven and had her first published poem at the age of thirteen. She became a weekly contributor to the Chicago Defender (one of the nation’s oldest Black newspapers) and then graduated from Wilson Junior College. By the tender age of twenty, her work appeared in two anthologies.