On Second Thought For Monday, September 19, 2016
This month, Smithsonian Magazine released its “Black in America” issue in honor of the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture. We talk with editor-in-chief Michael Caruso about the issue, and the future of activism via social media. Plus, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Emory University professor Natasha Trethewey reads her poem “We Have Seen.” The poem was inspired by the 53rd anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing which killed four young girls.
Then, we talk with U.S. Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia) and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson. They both contributed articles to this month's issue of Smithsonian Magazine. In the issue, Lewis recalled his time as part of the Freedom Riders, while Wilkerson wrote about the history of the Great Migration in which six million black people left the South for other parts of the country.
Finally, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History will officially open this Saturday. The museum will feature relics that chronicle the history, community, and culture of African-American life. But the creation of the museum was no easy task. We talk with author Tonya Bolden, who documented the process in her book, “How To Build A Museum.” Also, Clark Atlanta University African-American studies professor Daniel Black and Smithsonian Magazine editor-in-chief Michael Caruso join the conversation.