Atlanta Race Riots | Burns Suppers | 'Disgraced' Debuts At Alliance

Jan 27, 2016

Each year, fans of the Scottish poet Robert Burns gather around food, drink and music to honor his legacy. These Burns Suppers, as they’re called, are held annually near Burns’ January birthday, all over the world. GPB’s Sam Whitehead attended a recent Burns Supper in Athens, Georgia to find out why the poet is so beloved more than 200 years after his death. And in our series, Break it Down, host Celeste Headlee looks at the origins of Burns’ Scottish poem, “Auld Lang Syne." Also, race, religion, and politics generally don’t make for polite conversation around the dinner table, but they do make for great drama. The play “Disgraced” tackles issues like Islamophobia and Muslim-American identity head-on through its character Amir Kapoor. He is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who tries to distance himself from his Muslim roots. “Disgraced” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013 and will make its Atlanta debut at the Alliance Theater this month. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with playwright Ayad Akhtar about identity and fear. And it’s been 110 years since one of the bloodiest events in Atlanta’s history. In 1906, thousands of whites gathered in the city’s downtown to attack black residents. The race riot, which spanned four days and left death and destruction, gained international attention. Host Celeste Headlee talks about what happened with Calinda Lee of the Atlanta History Center where an upcoming exhibit on the riot will be featured.