Integration Stories

September 1, 2013
(was 11.14.2010)

It's been more than four decades since the Civil Rights movement ended racial segregation in America. Yet few would say African-Americans are now fully integrated – or assimilated. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, African American writers talk about race, and how black history – from segregation to the Great Migration to the culture of hip hop – continues to shape our racial conversation today.

  1. Michele Norris on "The Grace of Silence"

    Michele Norris, former co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, talks with Anne Strainchamps about her family's hidden racial past.

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  2. Isabel Wilkerson on "The Warmth of Other Suns"

    Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson tells the story of America's Great Migration in her book, "The Warmth of Other Suns."

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  3. Toni Morrison on Racial Integration

    Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison remembers her childhood in Ohio.

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  4. Cynthia Woodland on The Bid Whist Ladies

    Producer Cynthia Woodland introduces us to "The Bid Whist Ladies" - a small group of African American women in Madison, Wisconsin who've been meeting once a week to play cards for over 25 years.

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  5. Thomas Chatterton Williams on "Losing My Cool"

    Thomas Chatterton Williams is a young writer who grew up listening to hip hop, but lost touch with the culture upon entering college.

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