January 11, 2016 "Word Warrior" Richard Durham Is Subject of Book Discussion
Durham Chronicled Significant Moments in African-American History
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Posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007, Richard Durham's trademark narrative style kept listeners engaged by chronicling fascinating characters and evoking sharp images of pivotal moments in American and African-American history and culture.
Award-winning radio producer Sonja D. Williams illuminates Durham's extraordinary career in her book “Word Warrior” (University of Illinois Press, 2015), which draws on archives and hard-to-access family records, as well as interviews with family and such colleagues as Studs Terkel and Toni Morrison. She will discuss and sign her book at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at noon in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event is being hosted by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Library’s Manuscript Division (where Williams did much of her research) and the Daniel A.P. Murray Association. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
Durham was a pioneer among black journalists, both as a dramatist and a star investigative reporter and editor for black newspapers the Chicago Defender and Muhammed Speaks. He also created the acclaimed radio series “Destination Freedom” and “Here Comes Tomorrow” and wrote for such popular radio programs as “The Lone Ranger."
Williams is a professor in the Howard University Department of Media, Journalism and Film in Washington. She has worked as a broadcast journalist and media trainer in the Caribbean, Africa and the United States and has received numerous awards, including three George Foster Peabody awards for significant and meritorious achievement.
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