Re:Defining 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. 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.


Episode Music

Aesop RockBring Back Pluto
Aesop RockFumes
Sending Letters to the SeaShifting Structures
Oklahoma City Blue DevilsBlue Devil Blues
Jacob Fred Jazz OdysseyLast Prayer from the Race Riot Suite
Jacob Fred Jazz OdysseyThe Burning from the Race Riot Suite
Strange Fruit ProjectMaintain
Blind Boys of AlabamaNo More
Robert GlasperTwice
Bexar BexarPatterned Like Lovers
BlockheadTriptych Pt. 1
Amon TobinChocolate Lovely
Mississippi Fred McDowellKeep Your Lamps
Wendel PatrickPlanet Planetarium
Tommy GuerreroThe Colour of Life
Sonny Boy WilliamsonBye Bye Bird
John Lee HookerGuitar Blues Instrumental
Mavis Staples and Lucky PetersonI’ll Fly Away
Wilson PickettLand of a Thousand Dances
Jimmy Collier and Frederick Douglass KirkpatrickBurn, Baby, Burn
The Nashville QuartetYou Better Leave Segregation Alone
Little Willie JohnYou’d Better Leave My Kitten Alone
TraditionalWe Shall Overcome
BonoboWalk In The Sky
Aesop RockNo City
BonoboTransmission 94
Van Morrison (performed by Damali Ayo)Brand New Day
BlockheadThe Strain
AirLa Femme D’argent

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