With Good Reason Wins National Gabriel Award

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Charlottesville, VA—The public radio program With Good Reason, produced in Charlottesville, has just been honored with a national Gabriel Award. “The Legacy of Massive Resistance,” won 1st place in the Documentary, local release category.

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The Legacy of Massive Resistance

In “The Legacy of Massive Resistance,” With Good Reason brings us the story of Moton High School, Prince Edward County, and the lost classes of 1959-1964. Associate producer Elliot Majerczyk produced the show, which features interviews with both black and white former locked-out students who spoke together on the air for the first time about the consequences to them and their families of the state policy of Massive Resistance. The documentary features interviews with historians and makes powerful use of archival material from Murrow’s groundbreaking CBS special on the story, as well as clips from local television news coverage of the era. The two-part documentary (“Strike,” the first segment, aired in January 2011) was developed in consultation with the Robert Russa Moton Museum, a center for the study of Civil Rights in education.

The Gabriel Awards honor film, television, and radio programming that “affirms the dignity of human beings and recognizes and upholds universally-recognized human values such as community, creativity, tolerance, justice, compassion and the dedication to excellence.” The lineup of recipients for this year’s Gabriel awards includes radio programs created by National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Radio Netherlands Worldwide, among others.

This is the third Gabriel award for With Good Reason, which is produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for the Higher Education Broadcasting Consortium. The show is heard weekly on all of Virginia’s public radio stations as well as on stations in DC, Maryland, Georgia, Alaska, California, Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and Michigan. With Good Reason presents engaging conversations with leading scholars at Virginia’s public colleges and universities. Archived programs can be heard by podcast and online at: WithGoodReasonradio.org. The show is produced each week by host Sarah McConnell and associate producers Elliot Majerczyk and Kelley Libby. Andrew Wyndham is the executive producer.

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, established in 1974, encourages discovery and connection through the humanities by supporting and producing programs for a wide public audience.  It works with individuals and communities to explore the past, confront issues of the present, and discover a promising future.  For more information about VFH, visit VirginiaHumanities.org