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Michele Norris is one of the most respected voices in American journalism. She is host and special corresponent for NPR.

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Anna Deavere Smith Wants Playgoers To Do What They Can To Counter Violence

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:43:00 -0500

Through powerful monologues, Anna Deavere Smith has tackled race riots, integration and health care. In Notes from the Field, she's using her characters to explore the school-to-prison pipeline.

'The Knick' Returns To The Bloody Pursuit Of Knowledge

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 04:25:00 -0400

The TV show, set in a New York City hospital in the early 1900s, depicts turn-of-the-century medicine in grisly detail. Stars Clive Owen and Andre Holland say there's no nostalgia involved.

Family Secret And Cultural Identity Revealed In 'Little White Lie'

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 04:56:00 -0400

Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up believing she was white. Her latest documentary, Little White Lie, explores the secret that changed her life.

Suzan-Lori Parks' New Play, 'Father Comes Home From The Wars'

Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:01:00 -0500

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is finishing a run on her latest work, "Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1,2 & 3)" at The Public Theater in New York.

Race Card Project: With Dreadlocks, Come Assumptions

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:11:00 -0500

NPR's Michele Norris continues her conversation with Marc Quarles for The Race Card Project. Quarles six words are: With Kids, I'm Dad; Alone: Thug.

Six Words: 'You've Got To Be Taught' Intolerance

Mon, 19 May 2014 03:21:00 -0400

A huge hit upon its release, the 1949 musical South Pacific still resonates with contributors to The Race Card Project — particularly a song about how prejudice is learned, not innate.

'12 Years A Slave' Screenwriter Talks Grit, Grace And Survival

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:50:00 -0500

John Ridley tells NPR's Michele Norris that while writing the screenplay, he always thought of his two sons. "My message was just about character," he says.

For King's Adviser, Fulfilling The Dream 'Cannot Wait'

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 03:34:00 -0400

After days of worry, Clarence B. Jones, legal adviser to Martin Luther King Jr., was relieved to stand at the Lincoln Memorial and watch the event unfold without a hitch. While there's been great progress in the decades since, Jones says, he also feels King's dream still remains unfulfilled.

Clarence B. Jones: A Guiding Hand Behind 'I Have A Dream'

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 03:00:00 -0400

Clarence Jones played an integral but mostly unseen role in the 1963 March on Washington. As Martin Luther King Jr.'s legal adviser, Jones assisted in drafting King's landmark speech, and drew from a recent event in Birmingham, Ala., to craft one of the speech's signature lines.

Two Officers, Black And White, On Walking The '63 March Beat

Mon, 26 Aug 2013 03:39:00 -0400

Joseph Burden and Martin Niverth, officers with the segregated D.C. police department, were both assigned to patrol the March on Washington. Burden, who is black, worked while wishing he could participate. And Niverth, a white man, was surprised to be assigned a black partner for the day.

At 1963 March, A Face In The Crowd Became A Poster Child

Wed, 21 Aug 2013 03:02:00 -0400

When she was just 12, Edith Lee-Payne's face was immortalized in an iconic photo from the March on Washington. Decades would pass before Payne learned that her image has been used as part of documentaries, books, calendars and exhibits about the history of the civil rights movement.

Determined To Reach 1963 March, Teen Used Thumb And Feet

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 02:59:00 -0400

In August 1963, Robert Avery of Gadsden, Ala., was 15 and active in the civil rights movement. He and two friends were bent on participating in the March on Washington, but with little money, they had no choice but to hitchhike — on Southern roads that could be dangerous for segregation opponents.

To Join '63 March On Washington: 'Like Climbing A Mountain'

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 03:23:00 -0400

When civil rights worker Jack Hansan traveled to Washington to participate in the march, the fear of violence breaking out was very real. But the father of four knew he had to be there, not just to witness history, but also to play a part in changing it.

Florida Case Prompts Massive Responses To Race Card Project

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0400

For the last three years, NPR's Michele Norris has asked people to share their six-word stories about race and cultural identity. The confrontation in Sanford, Fla., has been a running thread in the inbox of the Race Card Project since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in 2012.

The Mix: Songs Inspired By The Civil Rights Movement

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:32:00 -0400

The songs of the civil rights era are as varied as the people who have marched in the movement. We look back over five decades of passionate, engaged music-making — from singers in the struggle to young artists celebrating their political and musical heroes.