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The status quo was broken in Birmingham, Alabama, in the weeks after the Bonita Carter killing. The city once known as Bombingham, as the Johannesburg of the South, reeled from protests, and counter-protests from the Ku Klux Klan. A scientist, a former college dean named Richard Arrington who had long been aligned with that white progressive mayor, David Vann, broke away from the mayor to launch his own campaign. A committee formed by Vann to take testimony from witnesses to the shooting – one of the main reasons we can reconstruct the events of the crime – found Officer George Sands had no cause to shoot Carter. Yet Sands remained on the force.
Just sixteen years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched through the city, the election of 1979 would prove pivotal for Black residents exercising their voting power. How would voters decide?
Guests: Richard Arrington Jr., Richard Mauk, Scott Douglas, Solomon Crenshaw
Creator: John Archibald
Hosts: John Archibald & Roy S. Johnson
Executive Producer: John Hammontree
Producer & Audio Engineer: Alexander Richey
Producers: Amy Yurkanin and Marsha Oglesby
Score: Thad Saajid, Austin Motlow, David Marsh, and Danny Ray Wilkerson, Jr. Additional music contributed by Jeremy Smith.
Music: “Haverford Impromptu #2” by Sun-Ra; and “Lay it Down” by Donnie Fritts
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