RE:Defining Black History

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Present Day Farish Street, Jackson, MS

During a month selected to celebrate “history,” we 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, and the hardships endured by slaves. As important as those narratives are for us to collectively remember, many others get lost in trumpeting the same heroic tales. 

In this special from State of the Re:Union, host Al Letson zeroes in on some of those alternate narratives -- ones edited out of the mainstream imagining of Black History -- and deconstructs the popular perception of certain celebrated moments. Hear about the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, the "Little Harlem" of Farish Street in Jackson, MS, the influence of R&B, and more.

Airs Friday, February 19 at 9pm on 93.9FM