Monday, June 23, 2014

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast for Sun. June 22, 2014—Hosted By Abayomi Azikiwe
Abayomi Azikiwe is the host of the Pan-African Journal.
To listen to this broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, just click on the website below:

This month represents the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Freedom Summer during 1964. The developments during this period marked a turning point in the struggle for African American liberation inside the United States.

Since 1955-56 the Civil Rights Movement had built momentum across the South and other regions of the U.S. After 1960 with the advent of the sit-ins near colleges and universities throughout the South the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was formed in April of that year.

Even with the mass demonstrations of the Spring and Summer of 1963, the federal government through the U.S. Congress had still not passed the desired comprehensive Civil Rights legislation aimed at outlawing all existing forms of racial discrimination and segregation so prevalent throughout the South and other sections of the country.

In the second hour of this broadcast we review some of the events of Freedom Summer. The program examines the role of the federal government in its reticence in relationship to going after the perpetrators of racial violence and obstruction of the passed Civil Rights Bill signed into law that summer.

We look at the role of SNCC, CORE, the NAACP, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) and others in pushing for change. The deaths of three Civil Rights workers on the first day of Freedom Summer in Neshoba County, Mississippi illustrated the formidable opposition to racial change in the U.S. at the time.

This program pays tribute to Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney as well as others who lost their lives that fateful year. Even five decades later the institutional racism and social neglect of the African American question are very much in evidence.

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