New World A-Coming (1944-1945)
New World A-Coming
Drama / Family / News
Written by Roi Ottley (based on his book of the same name).
Cast: Canada Lee, Duke Ellington
New World A-Coming was a political and documentary news radio show based on the novel of the same name by famous African American author Roi Ottley. New World A-Coming featured stories and accounts of African American life focusing on veterans returning to Harlem after serving in WWII. New World A-Coming brought attention to the fact that racial discrimination didn't only exist in the American south. Here there were accounts of veterans who served their country or worse yet, soldiers on leave, who were denied entrance to or discriminated against at places such as movie theaters, restaurants, and banks. There are tales of these same valiant Americans being unable to get a job or being paid less for doing the same work as other workers.
Roi Ottley, the writer of New World A-Coming, had a distinguished career as a writer, journalist, and author. He served as one of the first African American war correspondents for a major American newspaper during the war, and was a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Liberty Magazine, and the Pittsburgh Courier.
New World A-Coming is a fantastic look at the beginnings of the civil rights movement. There was a dramatic sense of indecency that the country that would send an African-American man oversees to fight in the name of liberty, could deny him that liberty here at home. Take a listen to New World A-Coming for dramatic first hand view into the accounts of these courageous men and women.