In East Jackson, OH racial lines have been blurred to invisibility, and people inside the same family can vehemently disagree about whether they are black or white.
In State of the Re:Union with Al Letson: East Jackson, Ohio: As Black as We Wish to Be, airing Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2, Al Letson and guest producer Lu Olkowski visit a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio. For a century, the residents there have shared the common bond of identifying as African-American despite the fact that they look white. It can be tense and confusing. As a result, everyone's choosing: Am I black? Am I mixed race? Or, am I white? Adding to the confusion, there's a movement afoot to recognize their Native-American heritage.
In State of the Re:Union (SOTRU), Public Radio Talent Quest winner Al Letson travels the country to find those stories -- and tells them with grace, perspective, and deep curiosity. SOTRU explores the resonating themes, stories, challenges and cultural components that create communities across the country and celebrate the commonality that links us as a people. Letson brings his formidable stage and poetry slam skills to the mic in each episode.