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Confronting The Legacies Of Violence

A photo from Grenada, Miss., where Nan Elizabeth Woodruff studies the legacies of terror and violence against people of color.
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  This year marks the 50th anniversary of many monumental moments of the civil rights movement.

And a group of scholars and activists gather today at the National Humanities Center to push for increased dialogue about how the historical violence against people of color continues to resonate today.

Host Frank Stasio is joined by three of the participants: Nan Elizabeth Woodruff, professor of African American studies and current fellow at the National Humanities Center, explores the legacies of violence and terror in the city of Grenada, Mississippi. Dianna Freelon Foster discuss her own personal encounters with discrimination and trauma and how this has informed her activism. And Rita Bender, lawyer and activist, outlines how the criminal justice system and education system reflect continued systemic racism. 

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.