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Guns And The Civil Rights Movement

Cover image for "This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed"

    

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of key moments in the civil rights movement, including Bloody Sunday and the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

These anniversaries have sparked conversations around the country about the people, ideas and tactics that shaped the movement. But journalist Charles Cobb wants to draw attention to a lesser-known narrative: the role that guns played in keeping people alive. His book This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (Basic Books/2014) explores the stories of rural activists, self-defense groups and World War II veterans who used arms throughout the movement to defend themselves and others.

Guest host Phoebe Judge talks to Charles Cobb, journalist, professor and former activist with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), about his book. Cobb talks at the Bull’s Head Bookshop at UNC-Chapel Hill today at 3:30 p.m.

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Phoebe Judge is an award-winning journalist whose work has been featured on a numerous national radio programs. She regularly conducts interviews and anchors WUNC's broadcast of Here & Now. Previously, Phoebe served as producer, reporter and guest host for the nationally distributed public radio program The Story. Earlier in her career, Phoebe reported from the gulf coast of Mississippi. She covered the BP oil spill and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. Phoebe's work has won multiple Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards. Phoebe was born and raised in Chicago and is graduate of Bennington College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
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