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WILL - I Remember, I Believe Blog - July 21, 2009

Remembering the Death of Emmett Till

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(Duration: 3:43)

Emmett till

Erma Bridgewater of Champaign, Illinois remembers how Emmett TIll's death affected her.  Emmett Louis "Bobo" Till was an African American boy from Chicago, Illinois, who was murdered at the age of 14 in Money, Mississippi, a small town in the state's Delta region, after reportedly whistling at a white woman. The murder of Emmett Till was noted as one of the leading events that motivated the American Civil Rights Movement. The main suspects were acquitted, but later admitted to the murder.


WILL - I Remember, I Believe Blog - July 20, 2009

“A Black Cloud”

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(Duration: 3:36)

Erma Bridgewater in the W.I.L.L. radio studio

Erma Bridgewater of Champaign, Illinois recalls open racial discrimination growing up.


WILL - I Remember, I Believe Blog - July 16, 2009

Black & White, Then & Now

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(Duration: 2:45)

Black and white hands clasped together

Ruby Hunt of Urbana, Illinois talks with Franklin Middle School students about segregation then and now.


WILL - I Remember, I Believe Blog - July 09, 2009

Segregated Restaurants

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(Duration: 3:07)

Colored waiting room sign

Ruby Hunt of Urbana, Illinois remembers growing up with racial segregation in the South.


WILL - I Remember, I Believe Blog - July 08, 2009

The First Black President

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(Duration: 3:43)

Barack Obama 2008 Election poster

Erma Bridgewater of Champaign, Illinois was born in 1914.  She has lived through Jim Crow, participated in desegregation efforts in Champaign and helped elect the first African-American president of the United States of America.  She reflects on this historic time.


WILL - I Remember, I Believe Blog - June 10, 2009

The Civil Rights Movement in Champaign-Urbana

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(Duration: 3:34)

Ruby Hunt of Urbana, Illinois remembers The Champaign-Urbana Improvement Association's efforts to end housing and employment discrimination against African-Americans.


WILL - I Remember, I Believe Blog - June 10, 2009

Roughing It in the City

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(Duration: 3:15)

Erma Bridgewater of Champaign, Illinois grew up in a loving home without indoor plumbing.  She reflects here on some childhood memories.


WILL - I Remember, I Believe Blog - June 09, 2009

Music As a Passion

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(Duration: 3:44)

Introduced to music by her father when she was five, Erma Bridgewater's passion for music is lifelong. 


WILL - I Remember, I Believe Blog - June 02, 2009

The African Methodist Episcopal Church

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(Duration: 3:38)

Ninety-five year old Erma Bridgewater of Champaign, Illinois, remembers her trip to Philadelphia to see the original African Methodist Episcopal Church and shows her pride in being a member of her local AME church for more than 70 years.



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