Sonja D. Williams | "Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom"
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 6:30-8:00 p.m. | UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007, Richard Durham creatively chronicled and brought to life the significant events of his times. Durham's trademark narrative style engaged listeners with fascinating characters, compelling details, and sharp images of pivotal moments in American and African American history and culture.

In "Word Warrior," award-winning radio producer Sonja D. Williams draws on archives and hard-to-access family records, as well as interviews with family and colleagues like Studs Terkel and Toni Morrison, to illuminate Durham's astounding career. Durham paved the way for black journalists as a dramatist and a star investigative reporter and editor for the pioneering black newspapers the Chicago Defender and Muhammed Speaks. Talented and versatile, he also created the acclaimed radio series "Destination Freedom" and "Here Comes Tomorrow" and wrote for popular radio fare like "The Lone Ranger." Incredibly, his energies extended still further--to community and labor organizing, advising Chicago mayoral hopeful Harold Washington, and mentoring generations of activists.

Incisive and in-depth, "Word Warrior" tells the story of a tireless champion of African American freedom, equality, and justice during an epoch that forever changed a nation.


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."
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