Benjamin R. Justesen – Forgotten Legacy: William McKinley, George Henry White, and the Struggle for Black Equality
American Presidents , Civil Rights / February 15, 2021

  February 15, 2021 – There has been no more noble fight in all of history than the one guaranteeing equal rights for formerly enslaved people. So how did America forget the Black congressman and a Civil War veteran president to ensure that all those Union soldiers hadn’t died in vain — and more importantly, that the words on those Reconstruction Era amendments to the Constitution guaranteeing rights to the freedmen, weren’t just ink on the page, laughed at by marauding lynch mobs? In this episode, we meet this overlooked odd couple with Benjamin R. Justesen who brings us Forgotten Legacy: William McKinley, George Henry White, and the Struggle for Black Equality. Justesen writes, “William McKinley’s role as a sincere friend and benefactor of African-Americans may be one of the best-kept secrets in American political history.” He also introduces us to the inspiring Congressman White, whose skill as an orator — and later as the founder of Whitesboro, New Jersey — is the stuff of legend. Ben Justesen is a former journalist, teacher, and U.S. Foreign Service Officer whose previous book is George Henry White: An Even Chance in the Race of Life.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:07:47…

Jerry Mitchell – Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era
Civil Rights , Crime / March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020 – Jerry Mitchell joins us with Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era.  In addition to what we today know as the Mississippi Burning case, this unique memoir covers our guest’s efforts in the assassination of Medgar Evers, the 16th Street Church bombing, and the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer. By refusing to ignore pleas for justice when everyone else had given up hope, Mitchell’s dedication that ultimately landed four members of the KKK in prison for the rest of their lives. Jerry Mitchell has been a reporter in Mississippi since 1986, earning over 30 national awards and founding the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit that carries on his work of exposing injustices and raising up a new generation of investigative reporters. Follow him @JMitchellNews on Twitter.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 48:24 — 110.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Sandra Neil Wallace – Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery
Art , Civil Rights / February 12, 2018

February 12, 2018 – For Black History Month, our time machine piles readers 4 to 8 years old into their car seats, and introduces them to a hero who overcame segregation and many other obstacles, to pursue his artistic dream — and that’s after being a star NFL player. Returning to the show is Sandra Neil Wallace, who last joined us with her husband and co-writer Rich Wallace to discuss their books Bound by Ice: A True North Pole Survival Story and Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights. You can hear those conversations in our archives at HistoryAuthor.com or wherever you catch the show. Sandra’s latest book is titled Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery. In it, young readers will find the story of a pro-football player, brought to life with by Sandra’s prose and Bryan Collier’s watercolors. Bryan Collier is an award-winning illustrator, whose art won first place in a 1985 congressional competition and later earned him a scholarship to New York City’s Pratt Institute. Watch him draw at this Facebook Live event or check out his work at BryanCollier.com. You’ve seen Sandra Neil Wallace’s work as a…

Deborah Kops – Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights
Civil Rights , Youth / August 21, 2017

August 21, 2017 – This week, our time machine heads back 100 years, to a time when surging numbers of women were demanding the right to vote. Our guest is Deborah Kops, who has written more than twenty nonfiction books for children and young adults, including her latest for ages 11 to 18. It’s Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights: From the Vote to the Equal Rights Amendment. Alice’s name may not spark recognition and appreciation in the minds of today’s Americans, but Alice Paul’s bravery and dedication — her willingness to take on policemen, presidents, and even those in her own movement — make her a person worth remembering, and one that can inspire today’s young people. Visit DeborahKops.com, or follow our guest @DeborahKops on Twitter.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 44:20 — 101.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Rich & Sandra Neil Wallace – Blood Brother, Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights
Civil Rights / October 17, 2016

October 17, 2016 – This week, our time machine travels back to 1965, where we’ll meet Jonathan Daniels — a white seminary student who answered Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s call to help with voter registration in Loundes County, Alabama. After the voting rights marches, Daniels remained to assist civil rights workers — and gave his life saving black teenager Ruby Sales from a shotgun blast. Today, you can find Dr. Sales at The Spirit House, still working for the cause of civil rights. Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace — like Jonathan Daniels — live in New Hampshire, where they discovered this local hero’s sacrifice through his letters, papers, taped interviews, and stunning photographs — many, never before shared with the public. The result is the book, Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights. You’ve seen Sandra Neil Wallace’s work as a news anchor and ESPN sportscaster. Rich Wallace has written over three dozen novels for children and teens, and co-wrote titles such as Babe Conquers the World with Sandra. The Young Adult Library Services Association named his novel Wrestling Sturbridge, one of the 100 Best of the Best for the Twenty-First Century. You can find…