State of the Re:Union with Al Letson: Defining Black History

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 9:00pm

State of the Re:Union presents some lesser known stories from Black History.

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. State of the Re:Union with Al Letson: Defining Black History, airing Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370, 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.