This year marks the 80th anniversary of the first nationwide broadcast of the Wings Over Jordan Choir. From 1938 to 1947, the Cleveland, Ohio, choir thrilled millions of Americans at home and overseas with their renditions of Negro spirituals, music that spoke to the Earth and to the Heavens.
The groundbreaking choir opened new avenues for African Americans on the radio and was on the cutting edge of the 1930s civil rights movement that provided a foundation for later civil rights activities in the United States.
By Timothy Collins
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Prairie Land Conservancy has released a short video about the Prairie Hills Wetland Reserve near Banner, IL. It was produced by Tory Dahlhoff of Yeoman Filmer and Then and Now Media. You can find the video here.
A piece in the Daily Yonder describes the land conservancy and the property.
“Preserving the Prairie, a Plot at a Time.” http://www.dailyyonder.com/preserving-prairie-plot-time/2015/02/09/7711/.
In a highly unusual contribution to the cemetery literature of African-Americans, Dr. Sam Barber chronicles the story of racial discrimination that followed the black population of Greenville, NC, through life and even into the grave. The story he tells can provide communities with inspiration to retrieve and preserve their history.
Order your copy today:
Dr. Sam Barber P.O. Box 1573 Winterville, NC 28590
Available through Amazon
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Selling the State tells how economic development policies got started in Kentucky and changed over nearly 40 years. It is an rare account of state-level policy development.
FROM THE FOREWORD, by Bill Bishop, former editor of the Daily Yonder
"Selling the State tells how choices made over a century sustained a culture that was, in a sense, economically inert. It was a choice the state made—rather a series of choices. Kentucky wasn’t alone in its economic path. The consequences of those decisions—traced in the book’s charts—have been profound."
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