Black History Month Special Coming in February

State of the Re:Union has made it an annual tradition to commemorate Black History Month with a special episode exploring lesser known corners of African-American history.

The Power of African-American Art

Toni Tipton-Martin is curator of The Jemima Code,
a traveling exhibit featuring African-American
women at work in southern kitchens.

This year, State of the Re:Union recognizes Black History Month through the lens of African-American art, the role it has played in social movements and everyday life, and why it matters both to the black community and the United States as a whole. From a poem celebrating Nina Simone and her powerful voice for social change, to the story of the surprising event that sparked the hip-hop cultural revolution, to unsung heroes of the culinary arts, SOTRU provides a rich hour of art as a window into African-American history, and how communities have been transformed by it.

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  • Jenzi

    Heard the show on our NPR affiliate this morning. LOVED, absolutely LOVED it!!! Ironically though, it confirms my opinion about studying African-American history: while it’s great in a way that we have a whole month to highlight it, I really feel that all aspects of African American history should be studied as a part of general American history, all the time. African Americans had (and still have) so much to do with making this country’s culture so amazingly, wonderfully rich and beautiful. EXCELLENT job with this show!!

  • Gregory M. Bruce

    WNYC broadcast your show last night; the episode about the Black culinary arts and it finally hit me. As a long time listener and a Black Man of a certain age, I have enjoyed your take on the Black experience and your fine attempts at broadening the knowledge most Americans do not have regarding our history and our contributions to this society. I generally feel that many shows like yours on NPR and other public radio venues are mostly ‘preaching to the choir’ because so many people of color do not know about the depth that can be gained from the public radio experience. However: (and I know you know I know that you knew a ‘but’ was coming) one thing. Have your show’s editors or producers ever thought about developing a style book for the writing? For instance when we speak of people of color in the past (thirties, forties and fifties) shouldn’t we be speaking of them as they were spoken of then; vis a vis ‘Negroes’ or ‘Colored’? Personally, I will never refer to myself as anything other than a “Black American,” which as you know we worked very hard to achieve during the late sixties early seventies. The very homogenized and extremely geopolitically incorrect “African-American” is anathema to my senses especially when used to describe Black people during eras decades before the PC media landed on that almost laughable phrase in which to encapsulate our people. This is Black History Month … I hope in the future to not have our history demeaned by having it become African-American History Month. Please work on the style book – it will be much less confusing to the listener … especially if explained.

  • Shitzkin Jones

    Here’s an example of knee grows, living in their preferred conditions.

    • SOTRU

      Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, State of the Re:Union is on hiatus indefinitely, so this email address is currently unmonitored.

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