Sun. Feb. 5, 2012
September 14, 2005
Mary Francis Berry reclaims Callie House, a magnificent heroine who, though so long forgotten that the site of her grave is unknown, emerges as a pioneering activist: a female forerunner of both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
Born in to slavery in 1861, Callie House started the Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty and Pension Association, which sought African American pensions based on those offered Union soldiers, a movement so powerful it frightened the US government, upset Jim Crow legislatures across the South, and gave hope to hundreds of thousands of destitute former slaves.
Co-sponsored by the Museum of Afro American History and the Center for New Words.
Presented by WGBH and Center for New Words.
The Crazy Old White Man From The Hood Book http://www.archive.org/details/TheCrazyOldWhiteManFromTheHood_488