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A photo from the Florida Sentinel Bulletin dated Nov. 21, 1961. Courtesy of Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative.
Race Matters: MLK, Freedom Riders and Bias in the Media

He was a familiar face and voice in the 1960s. On Nov. 19, 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa. At the time of the speech, local resident Clarence Fort was a leader in the NAACP's student chapter. More than five decades later, Fort returned to the now-vacant armory for a conversation with curator Rodney Kite-Powell of the Tampa Bay History Center.

We'll also revisit the Freedom Riders and chat with Tampa Bay Times media critic Eric Deggans about his new book, Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.

Program Schedule

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7

Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Radio Guests

Clarence FortClarence FortCivil Rights Activist
Rodney Kite-PowellRodney Kite-PowellTampa Bay History Center
Sharon JeffersonSharon JeffersonJohnson Middle School
Eric DeggansEric DeggansAuthor, "Race-Baiter"

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To listen to the entire conversation between Clarence Fort and Rodney Kite-Powell, click here.



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