Civil Rights

NAACP

Feb 28, 2019
Mary Hartnett

February is Black History Month, and the NAACP of Sioux City has been holding

special events to honor those who have contributed to the welfare of the African

American Community.  Sunday afternoon, siouxlanders gathered at the Sioux City

Public Museum for a conversation about diversity and equal rights, hosted by the

Sioux City branch of the NAACP.

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Mary Day is the guest but the topic is "The Voice of the Century" Marian Anderson

George Boykin is the guest on Opus today. George talks about growing up in Sioux City in a time of segregation and his time with the Sanford Community Center and the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors. He also talks about the struggle facing many musicians of color during the mid 20th century.

Hammerin' Hank

Feb 19, 2018
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He was just 23 years old when, in 1957, he won the MVP award. I was in third grade, and hard as it might be to believe, I don't think I thought of him as Black. He'd come up from the Negro league in fact, the very last player to arrive in the Bigs, at a time when African-Americans were just beginning to get a place in major league baseball dugouts. 

Seems to me that Billy Bruton played next to him in centerfield, so he wasn't the only African-American on the roster. But he was early. Those old pics of that 1957 team--World Champ Milwaukee Braves!--have four or five others.

Coming up next on The Exchange, we take a look back at an historical event that still shapes our lives today.

We talk to a Morningside alumnus who took part in the civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery Alabama more than 50 years ago.

Also we catch up with some of news from the Iowa legislature.  That and more after this news.