Race Matters: MLK, Freedom Riders and Bias in the Media

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.

Civil Rights Activist
Tampa Bay History Center
Johnson Middle School
Author, "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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