Word Warrior by Sonja D. Williams audiobook

Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom

By Sonja D. Williams
Read by Robin Miles

Sonja D. Williams
9.35 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9780692076903

Posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007, Richard Durham creatively chronicled and brought to life the significant events of his times. Durham’s trademark narrative style engaged listeners with fascinating characters, compelling details, and sharp images of pivotal moments in American and African American history and culture. In Word Warrior, award-winning radio producer Sonja D. Williams draws on archives and hard-to-access family records, as well as interviews with family and colleagues like Studs Terkel and Toni Morrison, to illuminate Durham’s astounding career. Durham paved the way for black journalists as a dramatist and a star investigative reporter and editor for the pioneering black newspapers the Chicago Defender and Muhammed Speaks. Talented and versatile, he also created the acclaimed radio series Destination Freedom and Here Comes Tomorrow and wrote for popular radio fare like The Lone Ranger. Incredibly, his energies extended still further—to community and labor organizing, advising Chicago mayoral hopeful Harold Washington, and mentoring generations of activists. Incisive and in-depth, Word Warrior tells the story of a tireless champion of African American freedom, equality, and justice during an epoch that forever changed a nation.

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Summary

Posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007, Richard Durham creatively chronicled and brought to life the significant events of his times. Durham’s trademark narrative style engaged listeners with fascinating characters, compelling details, and sharp images of pivotal moments in American and African American history and culture.

In Word Warrior, award-winning radio producer Sonja D. Williams draws on archives and hard-to-access family records, as well as interviews with family and colleagues like Studs Terkel and Toni Morrison, to illuminate Durham’s astounding career.

Durham paved the way for black journalists as a dramatist and a star investigative reporter and editor for the pioneering black newspapers the Chicago Defender and Muhammed Speaks. Talented and versatile, he also created the acclaimed radio series Destination Freedom and Here Comes Tomorrow and wrote for popular radio fare like The Lone Ranger. Incredibly, his energies extended still further—to community and labor organizing, advising Chicago mayoral hopeful Harold Washington, and mentoring generations of activists.

Incisive and in-depth, Word Warrior tells the story of a tireless champion of African American freedom, equality, and justice during an epoch that forever changed a nation.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Robin Miles educates listeners about the life and work of African-American radio broadcaster Richard Durham. She delivers the author’s take on Durham’s rise as an intellectual during a period of increased attention to African-American writing and music following WWII. Miles works capably across a wide range of material, including interview excerpts and historical description. Her smooth transitions create a seamless listening experience. She even takes on singing the lyrics of some spirituals of the antebellum South. For those who are history buffs or wish to learn more about African-American studies, this is a title that you can listen to all at once and have at the ready for replay.” AudioFile
“With this book, Williams rescues a forgotten but important voice in the Civil Rights Movement. Whether Durham was writing poetry, reporting, or creating radio and television scripts, his subjects remain the same: justice for the African American community and the injustice of segregation…Williams details all this in this well-written analytical profile of this important, versatile writer.” Choice Connect, a publication of the American Library Association’s Association of College and Research Libraries
“If ever there was a character worthy of a movie narrative to blend his mosaic edges, it is Richard Durham. And the best sources to get to know this important American figure are Word Warrior and Sonja Williams.” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
“Sonja Williams artfully links broadcasting pioneer Richard Durham to the key social, cultural, and political movements of mid-twentieth-century America. In Word Warrior, Durham’s fierce spirit, strategic mind, and creative genius leap to life as he navigates the streets, boardrooms, and radio studios of Chicago. Without this book, this very important story surely would have been lost.” A’Lelia Bundles, author of On Her Own Ground
“Williams’ Word Warrior is an engrossing, at times poetic excavation of one man’s dealing with life and learning as an African American man. Durham answered the call to arms through the artistry of storytelling, advocacy, agency, and learning. He swirled those elements together throughout his inquisitive life.” Ida Jones, H-Net Online Reviews
“The enigmatic life of writer and radio dramatist Richard Durham has, for years, cried out for probing and understanding. Sonja D. Williams has answered the call with this fiercely smart and important book.” Wil Haygood, The Butler: A Witness to History
“Richard Durham was a post-World War II literary action figure…By fleshing out Durham and his career, Williams rescues this mass-media adventurer of the segregated and modern eras from the fate of remaining a one-paragraph entry in the history of US black media.” American Journalism
“Marvelously written and completely captivating…Deserves to be experienced by a broad public.” Michael C. Keith, author of Norman Corwin’s One World Flight
“Sheds valuable light on an inexcusably neglected historical figure…As Williams proves, the right to tell the story is a critical part of the quest for equality and power—and those who fought for that right should be remembered with gratitude.” Jabari Asim, author of What Obama Means
“A fascinating look at the life and times of Chicago radioman Richard Durham…Williams expertly interweaves Durham’s personal and artistic life, his struggles and his triumphs, to produce a highly informative and entertaining read.” Cheryl LaRoche, author of Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad
“A must-read for any radio enthusiast interested not just in Durham’s programs (notably Destination Freedom) but in the political and racial dynamics of his work in an industry that was, at best, indifferent to the lives of its black listeners.” Ryan Ellett, author of Radio Drama and Comedy Writers

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Author Bio: Sonja D. Williams

Author Bio: Sonja D. Williams

Sonja D. Williams is a professor in the media, journalism, and film department at Howard University in Washington, DC, and the winner of three George Foster Peabody Awards as a radio producer. Her documentary credits include the NPR and/or Smithsonian Production’s radio series Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions, Black Radio, Telling It Like It Was, and Jazz Profiles.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 9.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English