Sonja D. Williams, Department of Media, Journalism, and Film, Howard University will discuss her new book, Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom
Sonja Williams is an award-winning media producer, professor and writer whose first book, Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio and Freedom, was a Phillis Wheatley Book Award Finalist for 2016. Her credits include the radio series Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions, NPR’sMaking the Music, and Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was. Richard Durham (1917—1984) was a Mississippi-born, Chicago-based broadcast journalist and political strategist whose award-winning radio series, Destination Freedom, aired each week on WMAQ from 1948 to 1950 and offered listeners inspiring studies of heroes from African American history. Durham paved the way for black journalists as a dramatist, as an investigative reporter and editor for the pioneering black newspapers the Chicago Defender and Muhammad Speaks, and as a community organizer and activist who helped elect Harold Washington as Chicago’s first black mayor.
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