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Shadow Politics, April 18, 2021

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Guest, Dorie Ladner

Shadow Politics with Senator Michael Brown and Maria Sanchez and guest Dorie Ladner

In Honor of DC Emancipation Day, we have guest DORIE LADNER-Civil Rights Activist! Inspired by the work of Medgar Evers, Dorie Ladner has dedicated much of her life to the work of the civil rights movement. Deeply affected by the murder of Evers, as well as the four little girls killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Ladner welcomed the help and the attention that Freedom Summer volunteers brought to Mississippi in 1964. On this DC Emancipation Day, we will speak with Ms. Ladner to see if we can learn from her experiences as we pursue the goal of DC statehood. This busy week included the House Committee on Oversight and Reform mark-up and advance of H.R.51, the Washington, DC Admission Act. We are excited to talk with Ms. Dorie Ladner as her years of activism in civil rights in America is an inspiration to all of us who work on making every American citizen equal!!

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Submitted by Douglas Newsom on 9 May 2021

Radio Free DC with James Winkler and Steve Winkler

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Radio Free DC is a listener-supported underground program all about the music, entertainment, historic, and hottest happenings in-and-around the Nation’s Capitol. We represent DC-MD-VA with a wide range of showcase entertainment, music, news, and more. Featuring homegrown, untapped talent and venues, eclectic sounds, ethnic vibes, unplugged interviews with famous and future DC artists, as well as exciting information and events you won’t hear about anywhere else!

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James Winkler (Jamie)
President of CAP Enterprises, Artist, Artisan, Author, Technician, Comic, Entrepreneur and PR Agent

Jim Jamie James Winkler is the founder of CAP Enterprises: a local PR Management and Real Estate Development Firm. He's been a native of DC since the 60's. Read all about it: His company CAP Enterprises was recently featured in Forbes Magazine.

Jamie likes pretty much all music, except industrial urban polka, but he has a special affinity for the untapped talent of Washington DC (and vicinity). Although his music tastes are somewhat eclectic in nature, he most resonates with classic rock. But DC has a rich and diverse musical history just itching to be scratched... it’s what, among other things, Jamie and Steve Winkler are here to promote on their show.

Steve Winkler
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Musician, Band Member and member of Moked, a Messianic Ministry

Steve Winkler (Jamie’s cousin) plays multiple instruments and has an AA in music. He plays guitar in the band Cry Ice, and has played with such notable Messianic Jewish artists as Joel Chernoff (Lamb), Marc Chopinsky, and Rene Bloch (Israel’s Hope).

Currently Steve is finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Jewish studies, and is involved in a startup Messianic ministry called “Moked” which is Hebrew for epicenter.

Guest, Dorie Ladner

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Dorie Ladner
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Civil rights activist
Guest Biography

Dorie Ladner was “born a rebel against oppression.” A native of the Hattiesburg, Mississippi community known as Palmer’s Crossing, she spent her childhood fighting back against the oppressive racial norms that governed the lives of Black people there. Her mother taught all of her eight children that they “were as good as anybody.”

Accommodating to white supremacy was not in her makeup. One day when she was twelve, Dorie was reading an issue of Jet Magazine at a convenience store, when the store’s white clerk “slapped [her] on the behind.” “I turned around and started beating him with the bag of doughnuts,” she recalled. When she told her mother of the incident, her mother replied “you should have killed him. Don’t ever let any white man touch you wrong.” So, explained Dorie, when she and her sister Joyce became part of the Movement, they were simply “doing what they prepared us to do.”

The Ladner family was close to Vernon Dahmer and his family. Dahmer was the president of the Forrest County branch of the NAACP and a vocal proponent of voting rights. Dahmer helped the Ladner sisters form an NAACP Youth Council in nearby Hattiesburg. Clyde Kennard, another older activist who attended school at the University of Chicago, agreed to serve as the youth council’s advisor. Pretty soon, Kennard and Dahmer were bringing the Ladner sisters to Jackson for statewide NAACP meetings. “I’m so grateful that I was exposed to people who at the time had vision,” remembered Dorie Ladner.

Both Dahmer and Kennard were killed because of their leadership in civil rights struggle. Both deaths profoundly affected Dorie and her sister.

The Ladners met Medgar Evers on one of their Jackson trips, and he also became an important mentor when they enrolled in Jackson State College. “Every Wednesday, we would go over and talk to him about freedom, which was abstract; all we wanted to know was about our freedom,” Dorie explained. In 1961, with Evers’ guidance, Ladner joined the protests of the “Tougaloo [College] Nine,” a group of students from Tougaloo who were arrested for trying to integrate the public library in downtown Jackson. As a consequence of her activism, Ladner was expelled from Jackson State. She and her sister later matriculated at Tougaloo College, which was known for its liberal stance towards student activism.

Emma Bell, Dorie Ladner, Dona Richards, Sam Shirah, and Doris Derby outside 16th Street Baptist Church funeral, September 1963, Danny Lyon, Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement 96-97,

When Evers was assassinated in June, 1963, it was especially hard on Dorie and her sister. The anger that had been building up after every murder and lynching, especially those of Clyde Kennard and Emmett Till, reached its boiling point the next day. The day after Evers’ murder, Dorie ran up to two white police officers sitting in front of the Jackson’s Black Masonic Temple (which also served as the NAACP’s headquarters) and shouted at them, “Where were you last night? Why are you here now? Shoot! Shoot! Shoot us in the back like you did Medgar Evers.”

Despite her family’s insistence that she get an education, Dorie dropped out of Tougaloo three separate times to work for SNCC full-time. She once told her sister Joyce, “I can’t stay in school and know my people are suffering.” In the summer of 1962, she started working on SNCC’s voter registration projects in the Delta. Three years later, she became SNCC’s project director in Natchez, Mississippi.

Although Ladner was raised never to let fear prevent her from doing what she knew was right, she understood the constant possibility and danger of white violence. Upon entering Natchez with former SNCC chair Chuck McDew and field secretary George Greene, McDew handed her a gun for protection. Despite never needing to use it, Ladner was certain she would’ve if she needed to. She once said, “I didn’t think about the ramifications of anything like that; it was save yourself, survive.”

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