“Writers on Writing” Radio Show with
Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director
Featured Guest: Dr. Janet Dewart Bell
Re-Air Date: Sun. Sept. 1, 2019
Originally Aired: Sunday, June 17, 2018, and June 24, 2018
7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
WNYE 91.5 FM
Listen at www.wmecradio.com
Dr. Brenda Greene and writer and social justice activist Dr. Janet Dewart Bell discuss Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement (The New Press, 2018). Greene and Bell discuss the interviews that Bell did with nine women who provided authentic, compelling and stirring accounts of their lives as activists. They shared their challenges, highlights and the nature of the movement. The reader obtains a firsthand account of what it was like to be a Black woman in the Civil Rights movement. A significant feature of these interviews is that some women, such as Dr. Myrlie Evers-Williams, share aspects of their lives that they have not shared with anyone. Among the women featured in addition to Evers- Williams are Dr. June Jackson Christmas, a trailblazing psychiatrist; Diane Nash, a leader of the Nashville Sit-in Movement; Judy Richardson, associate producer and education director for the documentary Eyes on the Prize; and Kathleen Cleaver, activist and professor of law.
About the Author
Dr. Janet Dewart Bell is a social justice activist and award-winning television and radio producer. She founded the Derrick Bell Lecture on Race in American Society series at the New York University School of Law.