June 15, 2020

Black History, Juneteenth and the Great Migration with Blair Imani

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Stephon Clark. Tamir Rice. Michael Brown. Philando Castille. John Crawford. Akai Gurley. Freddie Gray. We say their names over and over again. The list never stops. Black and Brown Americans murdered by police at wildly disproportionate rates, and a white America which refuses to surrender our power and privilege to stop this from happening.

And in the middle of the latest national response to the murder of George Floyd comes Juneteenth. It’s a commemoration of the day in June when slaves were freed at the end of the Civil War. To mark this history, and to speak frankly about systemic racism, we have two episodes this week where we look at the history and the future of racism in America.

For this episode, our guest is Blair Imani. Blair is a critically-acclaimed historian, outspoken advocate and activist, and dynamic public speaker. The author of two historical books: Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and The Black American Dream, she centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community. She is the co-host of America Did What?!, an educational podcast and anti-racism initiative with Kate Robards. We’re so lucky to have her on the show.


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Sources for audio clips

I can't breathe:' Death of unarmed black man George Floyd leads to firing of white police officers - The Telegraph https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lirHz93qJ50&bpctr=1591548507
George Floyd: Massive turnout for US protests against racism | DW News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiAyPxLtYoA
Killer Mike emotional speech about George Floyd death - My VHS Collection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-63Vwf9n3g
Police use tear gas, push back peaceful protesters for Trump church visit l ABC News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hblX9QwPDaw
Cincinnati Black Lives Matter Rally chant - WCPO 9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVg7zXyugLA
Police History
Killer Mike emotional speech about George Floyd death - My VHS Collection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-63Vwf9n3g
President Obama Addresses Police Killings of Two Black Men - Wall Street Journal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1LhpDExuaU
Erasing Black Artists
Little Richard on Letterman, May 4, 1982 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqxbyZDoFnk
The Origins of Lynching Culture in the United States - Facing Our History and Ourselves https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPdh46k7b38
Cory Booker EXPLODES at Rand Paul on Senate Floor - The Hill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yggZqz8MpS4
Great Migration
The Great Migration and the power of a single decision | Isabel Wilkerson - TED https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3qA8DNc2Ss
This Is Why Juneteenth Is Important for America - Juneteenth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu6ntwHws5g
Juneteenth Celebration Tribute with Jamele Adams - Brandeis University https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE5JXpY__hQ&t=3s
MLK: Beyond Vietnam - A Time to Break Silence - The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJhgXKGldUk

Show Credits

Host: Alyssa Milano
Executive Producer: Alyssa Milano
Associate Producer: Ben Jackson
Editing and Sound Production: Natasha Jacobs
Music by: Josh Cooke & Eleisha Eagle