Re:Defining Black History

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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.

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Episode Music

Artist Track
Aesop Rock Bring Back Pluto
Aesop Rock Fumes
Sending Letters to the Sea Shifting Structures
Oklahoma City Blue Devils Blue Devil Blues
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Last Prayer from the Race Riot Suite
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey The Burning from the Race Riot Suite
Strange Fruit Project Maintain
Blind Boys of Alabama No More
Robert Glasper Twice
Bexar Bexar Patterned Like Lovers
Blockhead Triptych Pt. 1
Amon Tobin Chocolate Lovely
Mississippi Fred McDowell Keep Your Lamps
Wendel Patrick Planet Planetarium
Tommy Guerrero The Colour of Life
Sonny Boy Williamson Bye Bye Bird
John Lee Hooker Guitar Blues Instrumental
Mavis Staples and Lucky Peterson I’ll Fly Away
Wilson Pickett Land of a Thousand Dances
Jimmy Collier and Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick Burn, Baby, Burn
The Nashville Quartet You Better Leave Segregation Alone
Little Willie John You’d Better Leave My Kitten Alone
Traditional We Shall Overcome
Bonobo Walk In The Sky
Aesop Rock No City
Bonobo Transmission 94
Bonobo Ketto
Van Morrison (performed by Damali Ayo) Brand New Day
Blockhead The Strain
Air La Femme D’argent