Archive for February, 2012

FTV 302 To Be A Slave by Julius Lester (Pt 3)

Posted in Update on February 24th, 2012

Julius Lester helps us conclude our celebration of Black History Month with an interview done specifically for this episode of From the Vault. Lester recounts, among other things, his earliest memories of the Civil Rights Movement, his time at WBAI in New York, the genesis of the term “Black Power,” and his reasons behind writing To Be A Slave as a children’s book. We then transition into the final episodes of Pacifica’s compelling radio adaptation of To Be A Slave, which weaves together the culture, history, and personal stories of American slavery, chronicling the slave experience on a very intimate level. Lester’s 1968 work – brought to life in this production – challenges the emotional and moral boundaries of listeners with first-person accounts of slavery using original language and language patterns as written by abolitionists, historians, and slaves themselves over the past 200 years. This radio adaptation was originally produced in the 1980’s by Ahna Armour for the KPFK radio series Morning Reading, and is now broadcast again for the first time in nearly thirty years.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio listeners.

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FTV 301 To Be A Slave by Julius Lester (Pt 2)

Posted in Update on February 17th, 2012

We continue to celebrate Black History Month on From The Vault by presenting the next two episodes of a compelling radio adaptation of WBAI-Pacifica Radio host Julius Lester’s book To Be A Slave, which weaves together the culture and history of American slavery through voice readings from a compilation narrative of ex-slaves. Chronicling the slave experience on a very intimate level, this audio production of Lester’s 1968 work challenges the emotional and moral boundaries of listeners with first-person accounts of slavery – incorporating original language and language patterns as written by abolitionists, historians, and slaves themselves over the past 200 years. This program was originally produced in the 1980’s by Ahna Armour for the KPFK radio series Morning Reading, and is now broadcast again for the first time in nearly thirty years.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio listeners.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

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FTV 300 To Be A Slave by Julius Lester

Posted in Update on February 10th, 2012

We celebrate Black History Month on From The Vault by presenting the first two episodes of a compelling radio adaptation of WBAI-Pacifica Radio host Julius Lester’s book To Be A Slave, which weaves together the culture and history of American slavery through voice readings from a compilation narrative of ex-slaves. Chronicling the slave experience on a very intimate level, this audio production of Lester’s 1968 work challenges the emotional and moral boundaries of listeners with first-person accounts of slavery – incorporating original language and language patterns as written by abolitionists, historians, and slaves themselves over the past 200 years. This program was originally produced in the 1980’s by Ahna Armour for the KPFK radio series Morning Reading, and is now broadcast again for the first time in nearly thirty years.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio listeners.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

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FTV 299 Redefining Black Power

Posted in Update on February 3rd, 2012

This week From the Vault celebrates the release of Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America, published by City Lights Books, which addresses key issues for Black America: mass incarceration, media portrayal, the role of black leadership, democratic participation and economic disparity. Edited by From the Vault collaborator and BBC Radio 5 Live host Joanne Griffith, this book utilizes Pacifica Radio’s classic Civil Rights and Black Power recordings, such as W.E.B Dubois, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Audre Lourde as a context for a new conversation on the state of Black America with contemporary educators, activists, and philosophers. Contributors include Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow), Van Jones (former White House adviser and president of ‘Rebuild The Dream’), Dr. Vincent Harding (founder of Veterans of Hope and speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), Dr. Julianne Malveaux (President of Bennett College in North Carolina), Linn Washington (lawyer and weekly columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune), and Esther Armah (journalist and host on WBAI 99.5 FM- New York).

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

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