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Called to Remember: Greenwood, Charleston and Beyond
June 19, 2020
Tulsa’s historic Greenwood neighborhood prepares to celebrate Juneteenth in the shadow of a Trump rally, forgiveness in the Black Christian experience, and an old song finding new life in the time of Black Lives Matter.
Aftermath of Tulsa race riot of 1921. Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons.
Don’t Look Away: Tulsa’s Race Massacre June 19, 2020
When President Trump announced the first indoor reelection rally would be on Juneteenth in Tulsa, there was a swift backlash. We hear why Pastor Robert Turner of Vernon AME Church in the historic district of Greenwood found Trump’s decision “disgusting.” Turner shares how civic leaders in 2020 are being called to reckon with the legacy of one the worst racial massacre in US History. From a campaign to exhume unmarked graves to documenting the financial losses never compensated to calls for police accountability.

Rev. Dr. Robert R.A. Turner
, pastor of Vernon Chapel AME Church in Tulsa.

Rev Dr Robert R.A.Turner Image courtesy Robert Turner Ministries

Rev. Dr. Robert R.A. Turner
Image courtesy Robert Turner Ministries
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Offering Forgiveness: Seeking Justice in Charleston June 19, 2020
In honor of this year’s Juneteenth observance, we revisit a 2015 segment about the slaying of nine African American members of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. We’ll find out why the push to forgive has long been a core value in a church marked by suffering. And we'll explore the history of slavery, rebellion, and freedom at the site of the shooting. Guests include

Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Canon Theologian at Washington National Cathedral and inaugural Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary.

Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas courtesy Washington National Cathedral

Rev Kelly Brown Douglas
Courtesy Washington National Cathedral

Dr. Maurie McInnis, president-designate and professor of American Studies and Art History at Stony Brook University, and author – most recently of Educated in Tyranny - Slavery at Thomas Jefferson's University.

Maurie D. McInnis, courtesy Maurie D. McInnis

Maurie D. McInnis
 courtesy Maurie D. McInnis 
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Lift Every Voice: Behind the ‘Black National Anthem’ June 19, 2020
A 120-year-old anthem is enjoying a new life in Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the country. Producer Kimberly Winston looks at the history of the song, from a poem written for a children’s recitation to a Coachella performance by Beyonce, and talks to vocalists and historians about the song’s changing use and steadfast meaning.

Melinda Doolittle, finalist on season six of American Idol.

Desmond Scaife Jr., singer. You can see his performance of Lift Every Voice and Sing on YouTube.

Birgitta Johnson, associate professor of ethnomusicology and African American studies at the University of South Carolina.

Birgitta Johnson, Courtesy of the University of South Carolina

Birgitta Johnson
Courtesy of the University of South Carolina

Producer Kimberly Winston's companion article can be found at Religion Unpluged.