Rosalind Bentley, the reporter of last week’s podcast episode, found some extra Gravy for us: newsreel footage from Albany, Georgia, featuring Aunt Lucy, a hostess for the Civil Rights Movement.
This week’s Gravy podcast looks at hostesses of the Civil Rights Movement. They were school teachers, church ladies and club women who were not direct in their assault of segregation, but nonetheless played a vital role in the change that was to come.
In January 1961, a group of young men were arrested in Rock Hill, South Carolina, following a peaceful attempt to desegregate the McCrory’s lunch counter.
The short documentary “If We So Choose” introduces residents of Athens, Georgia who not only lived through Jim Crow separatism but fought against it and won.
Gravy tells the story of the South’s first Community Health Center, started in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, by Dr. Jack Geiger.
Will Campbell counseled and supported Freedom Riders in the sixties, ministered to imprisoned Klansmen in the seventies, and travelled with Waylon Jennings as a cook in the eighties.
“What if the South led?” Moderator John Simpkins posed this question halfway through a two-day gathering at Rivendell Writers’ Colony in Sewanee, Tennessee, which focused on how difference based on color imprints and imperils American food culture.
On weeknights, Lannie’s Bar-B-Q Spot is one of the few non-chain businesses near downtown Selma where locals can grab a quick meal.
Mahalia Jackson entered into respectability through the shaming kitchen door, kicking the door down as she stepped.