WBLT Black History spots

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By Doug Cooper

    The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library is pleased to provide the following in honor of Black History Month.

    Keith Campbell donated several tapes of Black History spots that were recorded in 1988 for radio station WBLT. We have transcribed these and are publishing them here. In 1988 Rev. Laurie Carrie read the following on WBLT and she was glad that the tapes had survived. She recounts how they took a large number of children to the station and each child also recorded spots. The Museum has not found the children’s tapes but maybe they will be found and we can use them next year.

    From the spots:


     “This is the Rev. Laura Carey with a profile for Black history: Steven (Estevanico de) Dorantes, slave of Andres de Dorantes was the first African known by name to take part in a government exploration. One of four survivors in the Narvaez expedition of 1527, Dorantes became a leading force in the 1539 Marco de Niza expedition to the southwest. His courage and legend of his success led to a thorough exploration of Arizona and New Mexico.”


    “This is the Rev. Laura Carey with a profile for Black history: After a miraculous escape from certain death during the ravages of inner tribal warfare in Liberia, Africa, Kaboo was converted to Christ by Methodist missionaries and baptized under the name Samuel Morris. Traveling to America for pastoral training in the late 1880s his trip was a missionary voyage in itself when several seamen were led to Christ through his Godly life. At Taylor University at Fort Wayne, Ind., his example of faith made him a leader among the students and a challenge to the faculty.”

Mary McCloud Bethune

    “This is the Rev. Laura Carey with a profile for Black history: Mary McCloud Bethune was the 15th of 17 children. This educator was born July 10, 1875, and was a faithful and articulate person and sympathetic to every liberal cause. She was educated at Scotia Seminary and Moody Bible Institute. She founded Bethune-Cookman College in 1904 in Daytona Beach, Florida which emerged from a school for migrant Black children. In 1942, Mrs. Bethune went into government services was appointed director of the division of Negro affairs of the National Youth Administration. Though Mary Bethune ascended to the summit of dignity and respect in American life, she never lost the common touch or the ability to empathize with those less fortunate than she was.”