Media interview on white supremacist threat.
Rick is an award-winning author, journalist, screen writer and public speaker specializing in the quest for equal justice and the scourge of white supremacy. Bowers has authored two non-fiction books on civil rights and white supremacy, penned an award-winning PBS documentary on the topic and is working on various related film and TV projects in LA, including a movie adaptation of his book “Superman vs. the Ku Klux Klan.” Bowers’ book “Spies of Mississippi” (National Geographic, 2010) exposed the secret, state-run spy network dedicated to preserving segregation in 1950s and ‘60s. “Spies of Mississippi” transported readers into a world of infiltrators and informants working to undercut civil rights organizations in the deep South. The state spies framed civil rights leaders, jailed activists, threatened sympathizers and funded white supremacist organizations with tax dollars. Working with film maker Dawn Porter, Bowers also penned the PBS/Independent Lens documentary version of “Spies of Mississippi,” which won numerous awards for its hard hitting treatment of the topic. Bowers’ book “Superman vs. the Ku Klux Klan” (National Geographic 2012) revealed how the Man of Steel exposed the men of hate to a generation of children in the 1940s. The book details how the producers of the Adventures of Superman radio serial pitted the iconic superhero against a thinly veiled version of the KKK to five million young radio listeners in 1946, winning widespread praise from civic leaders and humiliating the actual Klan. “Superman vs. the KKK” is now in development as a feature film by Lotus Entertainment and Paperchase Films in L.A.
In addition to writing books and making films, Bowers also conceptualized and directed “Voices of Civil Rights,” a ground-breaking oral-history project that collected thousands of first-hand accounts of the small acts of courage that powered the Civil Rights Movement. This priceless treasure trove of 21,000 recollections, letters, essays, audio tracks, videos and photographs is now archived at the Library of Congress and the Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. A collaboration of AARP, the Library of Congress, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and History Channel, Voices produced best-selling books and award-winning documentaries. The Voices of Civil Rights documentary won the prestigious Emmy and Peabody awards.
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