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You Should Know Their Names

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A lot of names come to mind when we think of people who have shaped New York City history --  John D. Rockefeller, Edith Wharton, and Robert Moses, for instance. But there are many names you might not know. And too many of those names belong to people of color.

Do you know the name of the person who helped desegregate New York City public transportation? What about the person who helped invent the lightbulb with Thomas Edison?

Did you know that New York City was home to the first Black doctor in the United States? Do you know his name?

In You Should Know Their Names, we explore the remarkable stories.

You can link to the Cityscape podcast from December 23, 2020,
by using the button below. The section on Jennings runs from 19:16 to 25:30.
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America's First Freedom Rider

We all know the story of Rosa Parks, a woman whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus became the catalyst for public transit boycotts and desegregation efforts. But here’s a story of Elizabeth Jennings, a woman who did nearly the same thing, 100 years earlier, before the Civil War. Her efforts led to the desegregation of transit in New York City.

You can link to the September 29, 2020 episode of the Constant Wonder podcast using the button below.

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The Gifters: Your Story is a Gift to the World

We all know the story of Rosa Parks, a woman whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus became the catalyst for public transit boycotts and desegregation efforts. But here’s a story of Elizabeth Jennings, a woman who did nearly the same thing, 100 years earlier, before the Civil War. Her efforts led to the desegregation of transit in New York City.

You can link to the June 2, 2020 episode of The Gifters podcast using the button below.

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The Author’s Show interviews Jerry Mikorenda about America’s Frist Freedom Rider and how the events in his book relate to today.

You can listen to the February 12, 2020, interview with The Author’s Show using the button below.

The Author's ShowJerry Mikorenda
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