Richard Durham

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Born(1917-09-06)September 6, 1917
Mayfield, Mississippi
DiedMarch 27, 1984(1984-03-27) (aged 66)
Known forPromotion of American civil rights
Notable work
Destination Freedom

Richard Durham (September 6, 1917 – March 27, 1984) was an African-American writer and radio producer.[1][2][3] He was born in Mayfield, Mississippi and attended Hyde Park High School and Northwestern University. Among other writings, he wrote and produced the radio drama Destination Freedom. In cooperation with The Chicago Defender, he began this series over NBC Chicago outlet WMAQ in July 1948, with scripts emphasizing the progress of African-Americans from the days of slavery to the ongoing struggle for racial justice. Durham also wrote for the Federal Writers' Project, Here Comes Tomorrow (radio program) (WJJD/Chicago) and Ebony Magazine.[4]

In the 1960's Durham was the editor of Muhammad Speaks, a Nation of Islam newspaper in Chicago.[5] He had a supporting role in the 1972 film Sounder (film).[6] He also co-wrote The Greatest: My Own Story, the 1975 autobiography of Muhammad Ali.


  1. Richard Durham – Radio Hall of Fame
  2. "Richard Durham (1917–1984)". March 28, 2014.
  3. "Richard Durham Biography" (audio). Old Time Radio Researchers – via YouTube.
  4. Richard Durham – Radio Hall of Fame
  5. Askia, Muhammad (March 14, 2001). "Muhammad Speaks a Trailblazer in the Newspaper Industry". A&E publishers. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  6. Sounder credits – Turner Classic Movies database

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