DESTINATION FREEDOM
Old-Time Radio Series


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DESTINATION FREEDOM
DESTINATION FREEDOM
One of radio's most powerful contributions to the early Civil Rights movement, Destination Freedom was the brainchild of African-American journalist and author Richard Durham. In cooperation with the Chicago Defender, he began this series over NBC Chicago outlet WMAQ in July of 1948, with scripts emphasizing the progress of African-Americans from the days of slavery to the ongoing struggle for racial justice. Airing in Sunday-morning public-service time, the series built a steady audience in the Midwest with inspirational stories of social progress, earning strong support from Civil Rights organizations, and offering employment to a wide range of African-American performers. But Durham's relationship with NBC was not entirely harmonious, and he left the series after two seasons. Continuing without Durham, the final year of the program turned to general themes of "American freedom," without the sharp focus on the African-American experience that had made it notable.
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Ballad of Satchel Paige, The
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