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Word Warrior: A Conversation About Pioneering African American Radio Journalist Richard Durham

with Sonja Williams and Charles E. Cobb
September 29th, 2015
1:00 PM


Forum for Scholars and Publics

Old Chemistry Building 011

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015


Lunch served, beginning at 11:45.

A conversation about pioneering African American radio journalist Richard Durham, with scholar, author, and radio producer Sonja D. Williams of Howard University, hosted by civil rights leader Charles E. ("Charlie") Cobb.

Williams has compiled a list of resources related to Richard Durham here.

Hear an example of Durham's radio work on Destination Freedom: "Little David" (about Joe Louis).

This event is co-sponsored by Duke University's Forum for Scholars and Publics, Center for Documentary Studies, Department for African & African American Studies, and DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy.

Sonja Williams

Howard University

Sonja D. Williams is a professor in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at Howard University and the winner of three George Foster Peabody Awards as a radio producer. Her credits include the radio series Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions and Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was. Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom is her first book.

Charles E. "Charlie" Cobb

Charles E. "Charlie" Cobb, Jr. is a journalist, author, and veteran of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Currently he is a senior analyst at and author of the recent book, This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible. Since 2014 Charlie has been a Visiting Activist Scholar at Duke, serving on the Editorial Board of the SNCC Digital Gateway Project and One Person, One Vote: The Legacy of SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights.