NPR Interviews Clint Smith, Author of How the Word Is Passed

On June 1st NPR published Clint Smith and Terry Gross’s conversation, Slavery Wasn’t ‘Long Ago’: A Writer Exposes The Disconnect In How We Tell History and on June 3rd NPR published In ‘How The Word Is Passed,’ 8 Places Tell The Story Of Slavery In The U.S., an interview between Clint Smith and Mary Louise Kelly.

On the reality that slavery wasn’t that long ago

The woman [Ruth Odom Bonner] who opened the National Museum of African American History and Culture alongside the Obama family in 2016, who rang the bell to sort of signal the opening of this museum, was the daughter of an enslaved person — not the granddaughter, not the great-great-granddaughter, but the daughter of someone who had been born and into slavery. And this is in 2016. And so it’s a reminder that there are people still alive today who loved, who were raised by, who knew, who were in community with people who had been born into chattel slavery. And I think when you realize our proximity to that, you gain a different understanding of how the idea that what our society and what our country looks like today would not be impacted by that is both morally and intellectually disingenuous.

Check out How the Word Is Passed, Read the highlights and listen to the full conversations between Clint Smith and Terry Gross and Clint Smith and Mary Louise Kelly and read NPR’s book review ‘How The Word Is Passed’ Teaches The Importance Of Reckoning With History

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