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About Our Earnest Struggle, a New WXIR Radio Program Honoring the Legacy of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Our Earnest Struggle, produced by award-winning journalist Darien Lamen for 100.9 WXIR,  focuses on the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, in a contemporary context.

The one-hour program airs on Saturdays at 10 am. It incorporate two to three segments for each episode, focusing on Arts and Entertainment, the legacy of his ideas, and topics associated with liberty and freedom. The episodes will incorporate both a local as well as national perspective.

The title for the radio series was taken from a speech Frederick Douglass gave in Canandaigua, NY on August 3, 1857 entitled “If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress.”

“Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle.”

Learn more about Our Earnest Struggle here.

Click here to listen to the most recent episodes.




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