It's been more than four decades since the Civil Rights
movement ended racial segregation in America. Yet few would say African-Americans
are now fully integrated or assimilated. In this hour of To the
Best of Our Knowledge, African American writers talk about race
how black history from segregation to the Great Migration to the
culture of hip hop continues to shape our racial conversation today.
Michele Norris is best-known to public radio
listeners as the co-host of NPR's All Things Considered. She's also
the author of a memoir called The Grace of Silence. She talks with Anne
Strainchamps about her family's hidden racial past.
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson
tells the story of America's Great Migration in her book, The Warmth
of Other Suns. The book chronicles the epic struggle for freedom
of the six million people who migrated North from the southern states
before the era of civil rights and equal opportunity. Wilkerson speaks
with Steve Paulson. Also, Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison says that
while her childhood in Ohio was dramatically different from her parents'
experiences in the segregated South, racial integration had the unintended
effect of magnifying class differences among African Americans.
Producer Cynthia Woodland introduces us to "The
Bid Whist Ladies" - a small group of African American women in
Madison, Wisconsin who've been meeting once a week to play cards for
over 25 years. Bid Whist has been a staple of African American culture
for generations. Also, Thomas Chatterton Williams is a young
writer who grew up listening to hip hop. His scholarly father instilled
in him a passion for reading books. He tells Jim Fleming that when he
went to college, hip hop began to lose its appeal. His memoir is called
Losing My Cool: How A Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip Hop
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 10-11-07-B.
- in the return: Dominique Fauchard,
Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho, from the album Piano Spirituals: La
Magie Des Plus Beaux Negro Spirituals Au Piano
- after Norris: Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Russell
Garcia, Summertime, from Porgy and Bess
- after Wilkerson: Sonny Rollins, Way Out West
- after Morrison: Dominique Fauchard, Deep river
- In the Williams Hip Hop mix and show outro:
Eminem, Say Goodbye to Hollywood, The Eminem Show
Dr. Dre, Let Me Ride, The Chronic
Young Jeezy, Thug Motivation 101, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101
Jay-Z, Can't Knock the Hustle (feat. Mary J. Blige), Reasonable Doubt
John Coltrane Quartet, Bessie's Blues, The Very Best of John Coltrane
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