Screening: Freedom Summer preview 6/19

Join KLRU and the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center for a preview of the upcoming American Experience documentary Freedom Summer.

DATE: Thursday, June 19th
TIME: 7 pm (6:30 pm doors)
LOCATION: George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center,
1165 Angelina Street, Austin 78702
RSVP: Event is free, but RSVP is requested. RSVP Now

This powerful new documentary from PBS’ American Experience series chronicles one of the most important times in civil rights history. KLRU will show a preview version of the film followed by a discussion.

Freedom Summer: During the summer of 1964, the nation’s eyes were riveted on Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state. Working together, they canvassed for voter registration, created Freedom Schools, and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, with the goal of challenging the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national convention in Atlantic City. The campaign was marked by sustained and deadly violence, including the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of 35 churches, and the bombing of 70 homes and Freedom Houses. The film will air on June 24th at 8 pm on KLRU.

KLRU will also feature a short preview of the local show Juneteenth Jamboree, which focuses on the African-American experience in Bell County.

Civil Rights on KLRU 6/17, 6/24

In honor of the new show Freedom Summer: American Experience, KLRU is featuring special programs on the Civil Rights Movement. Look forward to two nights in June for these moving stories.

Tuesday, June 17
Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories - 7:30 p.m.
Start local: see interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city.

Freedom Riders: American Experience - 8:00 p.m.
Depriving African-Americans of transportation was a key way of oppression until a group challenged the segregation in 1961. Interviews from the freedom riders themselves are featured in this awe-inspiring documentary.

Independent Lens: The New Black – 10:00 p.m.
Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, this film takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

Tuesday, June 24
March – 7:00 p.m.
The revolutionary March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mind-blowing “I Have a Dream” speech took a lot of work to accomplish, and caused the turning point of the Civil Rights Movement. This documentary excavates the foundation of the monumental protest in honor of its 50th anniversary last year.

Freedom Summer: American Experience – 8:00 p.m.
Over 10 weeks in 1964 known as the Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers in Mississippi joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state, with the goal of challenging the Democratic Party at the national convention in Atlantic City. The campaign was marked by sustained and deadly violence, including the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of 35 churches, and the bombing of 70 homes and Freedom Houses.

Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories – 10:00 p.m.

Juneteenth Jamboree: Texas’ African American – 10:30 p.m.
Focusing on the African-American experience in Bell County, Juneteenth Jamboree 2014 features stories about plantation life in mid-1850s Salado, the “Black Panthers” tank battalion in Killeen, important historical figures and much more.

Women’s History Month

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Women’s History Month, KLRU offers a lineup of programs both onair and online focused on women.

Our Women’s History Month offerings begin on with the official launch of the #SheDocs online film festival! The SheDocs series begins with a  special online social screening March 3 at 5 pm of Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. Watch the film and participate in exciting online conversations with filmmaker Pratibha Parmar and Koritha Mitchell, a literary historian and cultural critic specializing in African American literature, racial violence throughout U.S. literature and contemporary culture, and black drama and performance.


#SheDocs showcases 12 documentaries that highlight extraordinary women and their accomplishments. You can watch the following films anytime this month online:

Makers: Women Who Make America
Monday, March 17, 9 pm to midnight
This comprehensive and innovative series, built on an extraordinary archive of interviews, tells the story of one of the most sweeping social revolutions in America’s history, as women asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. It is a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, on grand stages like the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress, and humbler ones like the boardroom and the bedroom. No individual, nor any aspect of American life, has been unchanged. The series features the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it and those — both famous and unknown — caught up in its wake.

Performing Possibilities
Thursday, March 20, at 9 pm
Women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population in the United States. Katherine Craft, seeing a great need for gender-specific programs for incarcerated women, founded Conspire Theatre in 2009 and has been run by Craft and coconspirator Michelle Dahlenburg since 2011. Through the use of theatre, Conspire seeks to provide women prisoners a revolutionary and creative approach to healing from trauma, increasing self-esteem, becoming better parents, and improving literacy. With a deep, abiding belief in redemption, empowerment, and connection through art, the Conspire team is undergoing their most ambitious project yet. No longer satisfied with keeping their organization’s work in the shadows of the penitentiary, they is taking the performances out into the public.

Independent Lens “All of Me” followed by Civic Summit “Obesity, Weight Loss & Body Acceptance”
Monday, March 24, from 8-10 pm
‘All Of Me’’ follows a group of Austin friends, who are morbidly obese, as they make changes in their lifestyles. KLRU’s Civic Summit takes a more in-depth look at the issues and experiences surrounding obesity and weight loss. Learn more about these two programs

Women In Chemistry
Thursday, March 27, at 9 pm
A documentary profiling eight remarkable women who have made important contributions to the field of chemistry. The program follows the lives and careers of eight leading women in chemistry, celebrating their shared chance-taking, thrill-seeking love of science.  Against many personal and institutional odds, these women changed the world through innovation and entrepreneurship.  Women featured on the program include:  Nancy Chang; Uma Chowdhry; Mildred Cohn; Mary L. Good; Kathryn Hach-Darrow; Paula Hammond; Stephanie Kwolek and Kira Mazumdar-Shaw.

Women in Music Night 
Friday, March 28, 8-10:30 pm
Live from Lincoln Center  Patina Miller In Concert, Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Austin City Limits Esperanza Spalding,  jazz/soul singer/bassist and Grammy Award winner
Hardly Sound The Villettes, an Austin folky-indie-pop band

Women and Girls Lead
KLRU presents stories about women and girls who are making a difference both locally and globally. Watch these inspring stories at klru.org/wagl

Austin Revealed: Joan Khabele on Segregation at Barton Springs

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Denied a class trip to Barton Springs, Joan Khabele protested the exclusion of African Americans. She describes the measures she and others took to desegregate the iconic Austin landmark.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Bertha Means & the Ice Palace

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Bertha Means and her daughter Joan Khabele tell the story of how being turned away from a skating rink in Austin propelled them to action.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Wilhelmina Delco on Politics & Desegregation

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Wilhelmina Delco, the first African American elected to public office in Austin, Texas, recounts why it was important for her to run for the school board.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Segregation/Desegregation Stories

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

When Austin schools were desegregated in 1971, the traditional African-American schools were closed. It devastated the community and the impact lingers today.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Gary Bledsoe on Police Violence

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Gary Bledsoe recounts stories of police violence against African Americans and why he think the issue still exists today.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Hoover Alexander & Entrepreneurship

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Hoover Alexander has a long history in the restaurant business. He talks about the historical necessity for African Americans to start their own businesses and why an unintended consequence of integration is less entrepreneurs.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Linda Conner on Gentrification

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Linda Conner has witnessed decades of change in east Austin. Now, gentrification is creating a rift in this once predominantly African-American community.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed