Racial unrest

Detroit – City Of The Future In 1949 – October 7, 1949 – Past Daily Reference Room

As a kid growing up in Detroit in the 1950s, I wasn’t really aware of how much Detroit was different than other cities. It was a place I lived with my family and I had no other frame of reference. I was however, aware that my father, who worked in...

James Baldwin - Lecture At Castlemont High - 1963

James Baldwin – A Lecture To High School Students – 1963 – Past Daily Reference Room

James Baldwin – Lecture at Castlemont High School – Oakland, California – Broadcast June 23, 1963 – KPFA – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – This was not the first lecture James Baldwin gave to a group of high school students, nor was it the last. During the civil rights movement...

East Berlin - attempted defection -

March 13, 1961 – East Berlin, OPEC, Cuba And Other Frying Pans.

If we’re helping relieve the boredom, chip in: Become a Patron! The Cold War climate was getting stirred up, this March 13th in 1961. News that West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt left a meeting with President Kennedy saying there would be no trouble coming from the Soviets in the immediate...

September 23, 1967 – Vietnam: Saving It By Destroying It – Sniper Fire In Aurora – Fighting Over Mao.

Subscribers can get this download for free: Become a Patron! Waking up to the news this morning in 1967 had much to do with the endless war of attrition in Vietnam. The ongoing battle, mounting casualties and airstrikes near the Marine outpost at Con Thien. The theory being to destroy...

Watts - August 11-16, 1965

August 11-16, 1965 – Five Nights In Watts – Chronicle Of A Disturbance – Past Daily Reference Room

August 11-16, 1965 – KMPC Reports/Newscasts – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Become a Patron! On the evening of Wednesday, August 11, 1965, 21-year-old Marquette Frye, an African-American man driving his mother’s 1955 Buick, was pulled over by California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer Lee Minikus for allegedly reckless driving .After...

Chicago riots - 1966

July 17, 1966 – Chicago And The Long, Hot Summer – Riots, Murders, And Sweltering Heat

July 17, 1966 – ABC Radio Voices In The Headlines – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – July 17, 1966 – 1966 would go down in history as a Summer of considerable discontent and violence. Chicago was just one of many cities across American coming to grips with Civil Rights and...

Civil Disorder - Civil Unrest

The Kerner Commission Report On Civil Disorder – One Year Later – March 1969 – Past Daily Reference Room

The Kerner Commission Report: One Year Later – EEN – Newsfront – March 3, 1969 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Even though the Watts disturbance (pictured above) was from 1965, the destruction, violence and deaths from that turmoil went on to be repeated in other cities throughout America in...