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Excerpts: Listening Between the Lines:
Race With History©

Dear Educator, Librarian, Civil Rights Activist, Community Leader:

Listening Between the Lines, Inc., an educational non-profit organization, is now offering Race With History: Between Civil War and Civil Rights© as a resource for you to use in your work. Between Civil War and Civil Rights is an award-winning series of direct/oral history-based audio-documentaries narrated by James Earl Jones, Studs Terkel and others, which tells the little-known story of relations between African Americans and European Americans in the years from 1865 – 1954.

Race with History©: Programs and Dialogues in Search of a Common Path

Between Civil War and Civil Rights is a glimpse into a little known part of our past - a chronicle of struggle, terror, and triumph, told through the words of the people who lived these events. This is a history written in fire, a history of culture and ideas as well as of people and places. It is a history that continues to shape our lives today.

The Race with History© project brings together a group of people from many different walks of life who share a wish to explore our roots and discover how a deeper knowledge of past events can help us overcome historic antagonisms, heal historic wounds and create a more open and honest world.

Race and Reconciliation Dialogues:

What does the history presented in these documentary programs have to do with us today? Can a society with such rifts in its past ever be reconciled or healed? Will our history divide us forever, or can it be used to bring us together on a common path towards a just and peaceful world? Many think it can; many hope so; but we know it takes the willingness to discuss, to understand and to acknowledge events in the past. As individuals and as communities, we need to start this process. The Race With History project offers a Discussion and Resource Guide and examples of public forums. Listen to "discussion prompt" segments from the programs. Consider ways to talk about the issues with friends, neighbors, classmates, family and community.

Between Civil War and Civil Rights

This ongoing public radio documentary series explores roots of and remedies for what may be America's most powerful and lasting predicament: the racial divide resulting in part from the longest, bloodiest, most successful campaign of domestic terrorism and propaganda in U.S. history. It highlights the historic (and heroic) role of minorities in fighting for democratic values and justice nationwide.

In Rosewood they burned the African American section of town to the ground. In Wilmington they overturned the elected integrationist government and ran it out of town. These events occurred long ago, but the ideas that fueled them are still alive, impacting our lives and the way we move forward in history.

You may follow the links below to learn more about, and hear excerpts of, these programs:

1865—1876: How the South (or White Supremacy) Won the War

Democracy’s Denial: Revolutions in Wilmington [1898 and after]

White Protestant Nation [1915-1925]

Rosewood Reborn [1923 and after]: A Radio Documentary with James Earl Jones

American as Apple Pie [1940—1954]

Media and Myths (Conversation Starter Program)

Listening Between the Lines and its partner corporation, Creative Change Productions, support participatory democracy and public involvement through discussions, dialogues and educational efforts, in their Race and Reconciliation project. Please contact Listening Between The Lines to join them in this exciting development, and click here for more information and to hear the forum discussions.

A Common Path

A documentary and public forum program covering Florida's Peoples, Culture and In/migration. Florida has always beckoned to newcomers, whether entering overseas or overland. From the peoples now known as "Seminoles" to the "snow-birds" and "undocumented immigrants" of today, how has the host-society dealt with incomers?

A Common Path represents Listening Between the Lines' first foray into its "document and debate" format.

Hear the documentary

Finding a Common Path

A public discussion forum based on the documentary, broadcast live on community radio. Find out more

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Explore Civil Rights Resources at the Learning Page at the Library of Congress: an extensive list of lesson plans, thematic units and resources for teaching about the Civil Rights Movement

View Eyes on the Prize: The Civil Rights Struggle, 1954 to 1965 by Peter Neal Herndon for the Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute
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