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Stateside: Rep. Brenda Lawrence; celebrating Black art; education’s role in racial inequality

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Jessica Ruscello
If you feel like there are holes in your historical knowledge of African American history, that's because public schools have glossed over or avoided huge swaths of American history for decades.

Today on Stateside, a long-time educator discussed how racism and Black history is taught in schools. Plus, a cultural arts center in Detroit that’s finding ways to survive when the economy crumbles but the mission is more important than ever. And Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) discussed Juneteenth, and the need for a national dialogue about reparations.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

Rep. Lawrence on Juneteenth and the need to discuss reparations in America

Stateside’s conversation with Brenda Lawrence

  • Rep. Brenda Lawrence is a congresswoman representing Michigan's 14th District.

For the African-American arts education and performance venue, COVID is just another in a long list of challenges

Stateside’s conversation with Oliver Ragsdale Jr.


  • Oliver Ragsdale Jr. is the president & CEO of the Carr Center.
  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

It’s not just policing: How schools reinforce racial inequality

Stateside’s conversation with Matinga Ragatz

  • Matinga Ragatz, is Stateside's education commentator, a consultant, and former Michigan teacher of the year.
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