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On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, First Person Arts launched a special four-part FPA Podcast series in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act as part of the program Philly reACTS.

Be sure to tune in on the following days to hear stories about the Civil Rights Movement from some of the amazing individuals who lived through it.

Blanche_IconPhilly reACTS Podcast Episode #1 | LISTEN
Air date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Featuring Blanche Burton-Lyles, the first African American female pianist to play at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra; and Henry Nicholas, one of the African American leaders most involved with connecting the Labor and Civil Rights Movement.

Pictured: Blanche Burton Lyles. Credit: Yowei Shaw.
Icon_John Elliot Churchville_courtesy of the storytellerPhilly reACTS Podcast Episode #2
Air date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Featuring John Elliot Churchville, an author, educator, Black Liberation theologian, scholar-activist, leadership coach, and attorney, recognized for his innovative community organizing work in Southwest Georgia, the Mississippi Delta, an Philadelphia, PA from the 1960s to the present.

Pictured: John Elliot Churchville. Courtesy of the storyteller.
Banks, Cecily, ca 1954 or 1955_IconPhilly reACTS Podcast Episode #3
Air date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Featuring Alexis Moore Bruton and Cecily Moore Banks, daughters of Philadelphia lawyer, civil rights activist, president of the local NAACP, and member of Philadelphia’s City Council, Cecil B. Moore.

Pictured: Cecily Moore Banks. Courtesy of the storyteller.
Ed Nakawatase_1963_Credit Tamio WakayamaPhilly reACTS Podcast Episode #4
Air date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Featuring Ed Nakawatase, one of the few Asian-American Freedom Riders who worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s.

Pictured: Ed Nakawatase. Credit Tamio Wakayama.

Upcoming Events
  • StorySlam: Windfall
  • Date: August 27, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: CSZ Philadelphia
  • Location: 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107