Revolt in Harlem Part One

A little more than fifty years ago, 1963, was a time of great upheaval in the United States. The fight for civil rights was in full force with people like Martin Luther King Jr., Stokeley Carmichael and Malcolm X making headlines. During this historic time, CBC Radio commissioned a young writer called Austin Clarke to make a documentary. He travelled to Harlem to find out what living conditions were like for the African-Americans who lived there. In later years Clarke would go on to become a celebrated author, whose novel The Polished Hoe won the Giller Prize in 2002. But in 1963, he was a young freelancer with a microphone and a notebook. The results were powerful.