Race Relations

September 12, 2004
(was 10.05.2003)

In the early 1950's two-year-old Jacqueline Henley in New Orleans became darker.  After the neighbors complained, her aunt turned her over to New Orleans authorities.  A black couple wanted to adopt Jacqueline but -- she had the word “white” stamped on her birth certificate.   Next time on To the Best of Our Knowledge, Randall Kennedy talks about the controversial issue of interracial adoption.  Also, the American soul music of Stax Records, the legendary racially integrated record company.

  1. Randall Kennedy on "Interracial Intimacies"

    Randall Kennedy tells Steve Paulson about some notorious cases where racially mixed children were left in impossible situations by state miscegenation laws.

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  2. Valerie Boyd on Zora Neale Hurston

    Valerie Boyd tells Jim Fleming that Hurston grew up in a supportive all-Black community and was interested in writing about the inner lives of ordinary Black women.

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  3. Philip Dray on Lynching

    Civil rights historian Philip Dray discusses how the presence of TV cameras at the trial of the men who murdered Emmett Till changed the way the country viewed lynching.

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  4. Rob Bowman on Stax Records

    Musicologist Rob Bowman tells Jim Fleming about the history of the record company that made Dr. King’s dream a reality in its everyday artistic and business dealings.

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