Destination Freedom

This site contains 42 of Richard Durham’s original Destination Freedom dramas that` aired on WMAQ in Chicago, IL from 1948 to 1950. Please note that the shows Patriotic Front, Anna’s Story and the Benjamin Drake Story were not written by Durham.

CBS Radio Workshop

This site contains the two (2) shows that Durham wrote for the CBS Radio Workshop in 1957. The shows are The Heart of the Man and Sweet Cherries in Charleston.

Bird of the Iron Feather/Durham Interviews

This site, created by historian and author J. Fred MacDonald, contains the only two [2] surviving episodes from WTTW-TV’s 1970 series, Bird of the Iron Feather. Richard Durham served as head writer of this short-lived [21 episodes] but pioneering public television series about black life in Chicago.

The site also contains unedited interviews that MacDonald conducted with Durham in 1975 and 1980, along with interviews with Durham’s long time friend Oscar Brown, Jr., and Destination Freedom director Homer Heck.

National Radio Hall of Fame

This Museum of Broadcast Communications site celebrates National Hall of Fame inductee, Richard Durham. The site contains an audio excerpt from Durham’s Destination Freedom series, along with photos of Durham and his cast members.

National Public Radio

This site profiles the producers, including myself, who worked on NPR’s award-winning Jazz Profiles, series. The link will take you to archived programs, including the show I produced about singer Betty Carter.

Smithsonian Magazine                                

This link will take you to an article about Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was, Radio Smithsonian’s Peabody Award winning 1996 series. This article appeared in the Smithsonian magazine’s “Around the Mall” column.

Public Radio International

This site highlights the current programs distributed by this public radio network.

Uncrowned Queens: Voices of African American Women

This site contains an article about, and links to, WNED-Buffalo’s 13-part Uncrowned Queens series, which aired between fall 2008 and winter 2009.


Timuel D. Black, Jr. Short-Term Fellowship in African American Studies

This site provides information about the fellowship named in honor of Chicago-based scholar and elder statesmen, Timuel D. Black, Jr.

Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of African American History and Literature

This site contains information about the Harsh Research Collection, the largest collection of African American history and literature in the Midwest and based in the Chicago Public Library’s Carter G. Woodson Regional Library.

Library of Congress Online Catalog

This site provides access to the LOC’s collections.

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