We can’t change our history, but we can let it guide us to understanding.
Buried Truths acknowledges and unearths still-relevant stories of injustice, resilience and racism in the American South. The podcast is hosted by journalist, professor, and Pulitzer-prize-winning author, Hank Klibanoff.
Season 1 tells the story of Isaiah Nixon, a father of six who, in 1948, exercised his right to vote and paid with his life. Isaiah’s story provides insight into voter suppression, disenfranchisement, and much more. Season 2 tells the story of A.C. Hall, a black teenager who was mistakenly identified as a gun thief in 1962, Macon, Georgia. Through A.C.’s story, host Hank Klibanoff examines police privilege, racial conditioning, community activism, and much more. Season 3 is in production.
Buried Truths has been widely recognized for its deep, historical understanding, intensive research, and moving storytelling – winning the Peabody Award, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award, Edward R. Murrow Award and a Webby honoree. Lesson plans based on the podcast received the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Award.
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- An in-depth look at Emory students’ work on the Isaiah Nixon case as part of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory University, which Hank directs – Watch Now
- Peabody acceptance speech for Season 1 – Watch Now
- Season 2 Trailer – Watch Now
How are we going to keep them from the polls?
After Primus King, a black barber and pastor, successfully sued the Democratic Party for denying his right to vote on the grounds of race and color, three-term Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge declared, “This is a white man’s country and we must keep it so.” The best way to do so: “Pistols.”
In 1946, Eugene Talmadge was elected to a fourth term as governor of Georgia, however, he died a month later, before he could take office. In a bizarre, almost-comedic turn of events, for two months, three men—Melvin Thompson, Ellis Arnall and Herman Talmadge, son of Eugene —would lay claim to the governor’s seat.
FBI director Robert Mueller systematically reopens civil rights cold cases. Hank and his students head to Montgomery County to explore what happened with the FBI’s first investigation into the trial of Isaiah Nixon’s killers – and they make an amazing discovery that had eluded the Nixon family for nearly 70 years.
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