WTJU-FM, the University of Virginia’s listener-supported community radio station -- and wtju.net -- will begin a week of commemorative programming honoring the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington that culminated with the Reverend Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech that was so eloquent and earnest that it represented a sea change for the long struggle for Civil Rights – and, essentially, “human rights” – in America.
The complete list of WTJU’s music specials during this commemorative week can be found here.
Through the power of television, those all across the nation could see the brutal treatment of those who happened to have been taken from far away lands and forced to provide their labor in exchange for substandard living arrangements, inadequate nourishment, meager medical care, with no hope of improvement, but – even worse – no choice.
Beginning Monday morning, August 26, and running through September 1, WTJU-FM and WTJU.net will air a music and audio documentary in commemoration of this very significant 50th anniversary of one of the major turning points that helped to begin a redemptive path to “righting the wrongs” done to an entire subset of our American family, which still goes on in that redemption after five long decades – as President Obama said recently – working to form a “more perfect Union.”
The University of Virginia’s Office of African-American Affairs, and the Office of Diversity and Equity and Office of Equal Opportunity Programs are each supporting WTJU’s timely commemoration, which will have a diverse range of programming, presented in three distinct formats.
There will be special shows presented by regular WTJU announcers that will be focused on specific topics, including interviews and historical speeches and many unique one-minute “audio moments:”
Nathan Moore, the general manager of the radio station explains:
“WTJU’s Civil Rights Week programming is an important recognition of the important social changes brought about by the struggle for justice a half-century ago. I’m so pleased that WTJU staff and volunteers are coming together to share music and stories that connect us to that moment in history.”
WTJU’s popular “Soundboard” public affairs program – which traditionally features a lively educational discussion with experts from the University and the surrounding community in Charlottesville area, relating to news and culture that affect the lives of our community, whether the issues may be local, state-wide, national or international in nature.
in the. -- will air interviews with many Virginians who “experienced the Civil Rights Movement firsthand and were involved in the struggle” each weekday, from 9 to 10 a.m., and will air excerpts of historical speeches and interviews by civil rights leaders.
During other times within the week, WTJU will air specially-produced one-minute audio programs each hour, that have been excerpted from the collected interviews and significant speeches that make clear to this generation of Americans the fight for Civil Rights in our country:
“It took many thousands of people to make gains in the struggle for civil rights – including many people in Charlottesville and elsewhere in Virginia. Their stories are so important to hear and to understand, so that we can connect to one another. Music inspired those who struggled for justice during the civil rights era just as it continues to inspire us today.”
During the “Soundboard” on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, WTJU will air the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety, exactly 50 years to the day that he delivered that speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, in 1963.
It’s well known that the struggle and hard-won victory to win “human rights” for all Americans has inspired a wealth of musical treasures; in fact the traditional song “We Shall Overcome,” was so key as an anthem of the Civil Rights Movement that it was adopted by many other peoples in other struggles for human rights, especially those characterized by non-violence. Its origins were from the early African-American gospel song, “I’ll Overcome Someday.”
University of Virginia faculty members have written about this important time in our nation's struggle for Civil Rights, including UVa Law Professor George A. Rutherglen, whose book "Civil Rights in the shadow of Slavery,' published by Oxford University Press last December, brings to light the untold story of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, and its impact on the 13th and 14th Amendments and the challenges of Congressional interpretation, and judicial enforcement of the law.
Julian Bond, Professor of History Emeritus, made a tremendous contribution both through the publication of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965" (African American History (Penguin)) by Juan Williams and Julian Bond (Feb 2, 1988); as well as with his 1994 release, "Free At Last: A History of the Civil Rights Movement and Those Who Died in the Struggle," by Sara Bullard and Julian Bond.'
Also, former Professor of Law and History at UVa -- who was recently appointed as Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences -- Tomiko Brown-Nagin, was awarded the Booker Prize in 2012 for her "startling new perspective" in "Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement" (Oxford University Press, 2011).
WTJU-FM is a noncommercial educational radio station licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to the Rector and Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia. The station presents original, rich and diverse programming of music and other forms of expression free from the direct constraints of commercial interests, reflecting the broadest educational goals of the University.