American Civil Rights Movement
WERD AM – The First Black-Owned Radio Station

WERD AM in Atlanta, Georgia, began operating on October 3, 1949, becoming the first black-owned radio station in the United States. The radio station was in the same building as the headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, whose leader was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was a frequent visitor to the station, where he often spoke on-air.

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