Historian Susan Strasser has written, “History is not a collection of facts, but a way of thinking about how things change…I believe history offers a way for us to become honest with ourselves.”
That’s the spirit with which we approached the difficult fact of lynching. We chose to face it directly, to be curious about our own history, the hidden enormity of the terror, and our own responses to it. Historian Susan Strasser and poet Marcia E. Cole joined me for this important conversation:
We all have stories to tell, some happier than others, all with something to offer the future. Valeria Gellman and others collected stories from legacy businesses in Arlington, VA and turned them into a delightful WERA series, The Local Shop, as part of an effort to help communities prepare for the change that is coming there.
Curiosity to Go segments air on Arlington in the Morning, WERA’s morning drive-time show. Tune in around 8:15 a.m. on the morning of a show’s first broadcast to hear the segments live. Streaming live at wera.fm
Go ahead, choose to be curious!
For more information on lynching, visit Equal Justice Initiative.
Check out the Choose to be Curious shop!