Mel Watt/Civil Rights

Congressional Black Caucus: Host Melinda Penkava speaks with Congressman Mel Watt (D-NC). On January 4, 2005, Congressman Watt was named chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. (12:00)

Civil Rights: The Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina included events such as the 1960 Greensboro Sit-In. Decades later, some may have the impression that minds were changed overnight and that change came quickly and peaceably in this state. Author and historian Timothy Tyson calls this memory a “self-congratulatory fable” and says the history of the Movement is “(mostly) all wrong.” Host Melinda Penkava explores perceptions and memories of the Civil Rights Era with Tyson, author of “Blood Done Sign My Name” (Crown/2004) and Karen Bethea-Shields, an attorney in Durham. Listener Call-in. (47:00)

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