During a month selected to celebrate “history,” we certainly are treated to a lot of the same familiar stories: the battles won for Civil Rights, the glory of Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, the hardships endured by slaves. And as important as those narratives are for us to collectively remember, many others get lost in trumpeting the same heroic tales. In this hour, State of the Re:Union zeroes in some of those alternate narratives, ones edited out of the mainstream imagining of Black History, deconstructing the popular perception of certain celebrated moments. From a more complicated understanding of the impact of the Civil Rights Act of ’64 on Jackson, Mississippi… to a city in Oklahoma still trying to figure out how to tell the history of one particular race riot… to one woman’s wrangling with her own personal racial history.
Join us for State of the Re:Union Monday February 17 at 9:00am and 7:00pm on witf 89.5/93.3.
State of the Re:UNION travels to a different American city or town and asks the questions; What makes community? Who are the people who bring it together? What are the issues they face? With music, poetry, interviews, and contributions from local residents of the featured area, State of the Re:UNION is a unique audio experience. State of the Re:UNION is presented by WJCT, and co-distributed by NPR and PRX. Major funding for the State of the Re:Union comes from CPB, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
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