Social Justice

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In 1920, African American farmers owned 14% of all American farmland. Today, 45,000 black growers own just 2% of that land. The vast majority of them live in the South, according to census data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Today's show explored social justice through the lens of dance and mental health initiatives across college campuses.

Atlanta choreographer and dancer Raianna Brown joined "On Second Thought" to discuss activism and dance. In 2016, she gained attention online for kneeling during a college football game. Now, Brown is continuing her advocacy with movement. She discussed her new dance production, “Skid," a look at homelessness and gentrification in the metro Atlanta area.

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Sit-ins, marches and rallies often come to mind when people think of activism. Atlanta choreographer and dancer Raianna Brown has another spin on it. In 2016, she gained attention online for kneeling during a college football game. Back then, she was a 22-year old member of the Goldrush dance team at Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

Now, Brown is continuing her advocacy with movement. She visited “On Second Thought” to talk about her new dance production, “Skid.” It’s a celebration of the vulnerability and strength of humanity. Komansé Dance Theater takes a look at homelessness and gentrification in the metro Atlanta area and beyond. 

 


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Super Bowl 53 gets underway in less than one month. The action will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on February 3. Before the game and entertainment, the Super Bowl committee and the arts advocacy group, WonderRoot, are collaborating on murals to highlight the city’s civil rights and social justice legacy. The Off the Wall project seeks to elevate key stories from Atlanta’s pursuit of civil and human rights. Eleven muralists were chosen to create designs based on community conversations.

GPB’s Ross Terrell and WonderRoot executive director Chris Appleton joined “On Second Thought” to discuss the Off the Wall initiative.


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April 4 marks 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr was killed in Memphis, Tennessee, and all this week we're paying tribute to King and his legacy.

King's mission and sense of purpose are manifest in more recent mass protests, such as the 2017 Women's March and the anti-gun violence March for Our Lives.  

Does 'Reverse Racism' Exist?

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Ex-Atlanta Hawks employee Margo Kline is suing the team for racial discrimination.

Kline, who is white, says she experienced racial discrimination from her manager, who is African-American.

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February is a time to celebrate influential figures in African-American history. And our guest today is certainly one of those trailblazing figures.

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The Georgia Institute of Technology is known for graduating its students from nationally-ranked programs in science, technology, engineering and math.

A new class taught by visiting professor Dr. Joyce Wilson is using hip-hop to take those students down a more creative pathway than their STEM studies to learn about issues such as race, poverty and cultural identity.

The class is titled “Exploring the Lyrics of OutKast and Trap Music to Explore Politics of Social Justice.”

Dr. Wilson joined me in the studio to explain why she’s teaching trap at Tech.