14 February 2017

As Black As We Wish To Be - Airs Feb 15th

As Black As We Wish To Be by Lu Olkowski
State of the Re:Union 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?

07 February 2017

Who Is This Man?? - Airs Feb 8th

Bayard Rustin: Who Is This Man? produced by Tina Antolini
This week, for Black History Month, we will be presenting an episode of Al Letson's award-winning State of the Re:Union which uncovers the words and wisdom of an unsung hero who changed the course of American history. MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech has become the shorthand of the Civil Rights Movement - but we might never have heard it, if it were not for another man, who has largely been purposefully forgotten by history: Bayard Rustin. Rustin mentored Dr. King, helped to engineer the March on Washington, and frame the Montgomery bus boycott. Over this hour, we explore the life and legacy of Mr. Rustin, a black, homosexual, pacifist who brought Gandhian non-violent protest to America.