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207: Listen first. A Conversation with my Daughter

On Air with Ella podcast - episode 207

Episode 207 was inspired by my relationship with my daughter Mamie, who came into my life as an unexpected and unearned blessing, and has been teaching me, inspiring me, laughing and loving with me for the past 20 years. I hope this conversation brings you value - there are many resources below to help continue this discussion.


Articles/Blog Posts

Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community - a comprehensive guide to how racism affects the African American community's mental health

I implore you to read this, read it with your family, think about it, talk about it: "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," by Martin Luther King, Jr., April 1963. (Too long to grab your attention? Go direct to page 4, last paragraph, then start from the top.)

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Writers & Creators


1619: The 1619 Project from the New York Times Magazine is a multimedia initiative that began last August to mark the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It reframes American history by exploring the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans. Check out the entire project on the Times’s site, and listen to the podcast portion, simply called 1619.

NPR’s Code Switch: The podcast covers what they call “overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.”


“I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.” Martin Luther King Jr.,Letter from the Birmingham Jail, April 1963


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