24 February 2016
As Black As We Wish To Be - Airs Feb. 24
In the documentary "As Black As We Wish To Be," producer Lu Olkowski visits a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio where, for a century, residents have shared the common bond of identifying as African-American despite the fact that they look white. Racial lines have been blurred to invisibility, and people inside the same family can vehemently disagree about whether they are black or white. It can be tense and confusing. As a result, everyone’s choosing: Am I black? Am I mixed race? Or, am I white? Adding to the confusion, there’s a movement afoot to recognize their Native-American heritage. For a behind-the-scenes interview with Olkowski, check out the show page at the Third Coast International Audio Festival Library.