Given the current political climate, there couldn’t be a better time to hear from Civil Rights-era heroes who shaped the history of our nation. Over the next two months, a new podcast called “Voices of the Movement,” by the Washington Post and Johnathan Capeheart of "Cape Up," gives listeners a chance to do so.
“Some of them are names you know, some aren’t—but all of them have stories that need to be told while they’re still here to tell them,” the website says of the voices to be heard on the series.
The first episode, “The Day Martin Luther King Died,” debuted yesterday (April 4) and recreates the timeline of MLK’s assassination through interviews with people who knew him. (A transcript of the broadcast recap can be read here.) Upcoming episodes include the story of Bloody Sunday and what today’s pilgrammage to the Edmund Puttus Bridge feels like, the Birmingham Campaign and how Clarence Jones smuggled out scraps of paper from jail that would later beome Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” and stories from people who were “stripped of their innocence” as children growing up in the movement.
In an emailed announcement, Capeheart said, “I’ve been fortunate to interview these figures and learn more about the events that turned ordinary citizens into extraordinary people.”
See the full lineup of episodes here.