Posted: 06 Nov 2013 04:50 AM PST
It's a new episode on Massachusetts Observer Radio where we bring you programs from our past that shine light on the present.
Jim Crow. Perhaps you've heard the name. It was used to describe laws that segregated whites from African Americans in the former Confederate States, the Southern states.
Colored waiting rooms, Whites Only restaurants, Colored entrances, Whites Only water fountains -well, you get the idea. And lest anyone think that this meant "separate but equal," then you need to hear today's program.
New World A-Coming was broadcast during 1945-46. It was based on the 1943 book of the same name by Roi Ottley which is subtitled "Inside Black America."
Today's story titled "White Folks Do Some Funny Things" dramatizes the experience of living under Jim Crow as seen through the eyes of poet and author Langston Hughes.
Langston Hughes is portrayed by actor Canada Lee whose own biography is quite impressive. His devotion to Civil Rights eventually led to his being placed on the Hollywood Blacklist - names of those accused of being Communists or having Communist sympathies. Canada Lee refused to "name names." He was scheduled to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, but he died before the date. He was 45 years old.
Here is "New World A-Coming" from 1945 and the episode titled "White Folks Do Some Funny Things."
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