Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S. So I wanted to revisit an interview I did nearly 30 years ago with a woman whose actions helped propel Dr. King to national prominence.
In December 1955, a young woman named Rosa Parks was on her way home after a long hard day at work. She was on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, when she was ordered to the back of the bus so a white man could have her seat.
She refused to move, and was arrested and jailed.
Her arrest sparked outrage in Montgomery’s black community, and soon they organized a bus boycott, which lasted for more than a year.That boycott was led by a young preacher named Martin Luther King Jr.
I had the opportunity to interview Rosa Parks in 1992, after she had written a book for young readers.
So here now, from 1992, Rosa Parks.
Congress has called her “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement.”
In the summer of 1988 leaders of the Democratic party invited Texas State Treasurer Ann Richards to deliver a prime-time address at the Democratic National Convention.
Richards delivered. all right, in a big way, targeting Republican presidential nominee George H.W. Bush, who had just spent eight years as Ronald Reagan’s vice president. Richards delivered a takedown line that has lived forever: “He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”
I met Ann Richards in the fall of 1989 when she had just launched her campaign for governor of Texas.
So here now from 1989 Ann Richards.
Ann Richards won the election for governor in 1990, but served just one term.
It was on January 12th. 1971 — 50 years ago — that situation comedy changed in a big way, with the premiere of a controversial show called All in the Family.
At the center of the show was an irascible middle-aged blue collar worker named Archie Bunker. What made Archie so controversial, then and now, was how utterly unapologetic he was for his politically incorrect views.
The show was also controversial because CBS had just very publicly dumped its so-called “rural” comedies — The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction — in favor of more modern and edgy shows like MAS*H and All In The Family.
Cast in the role of Archie Bunker was veteran actor Carroll O’Connor, who went on not only to win 4 Emmys as Archie but later starred in the series In The Heat of Tthe Night.
In 1998 O’Connor wrote A a memoir, and that’s when I got to meet and interview him.
TRIGGER WARNING: This interview that you’re about to hear includes talks about O’Connor’s adult son’s drug abuse and suicide.
So here now from 1998, Carroll O’Connor
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