The U.S. is currently grappling with how it approaches issues of race.
One seemingly counterintuitive question: Is recognizing a Black History Month a good thing? Meaning, does it still help in the struggle for racial equity? Some critics say the month marginalizes the Black experience, while many others continue to see it as a critical time to recognize Black history.
Reset brings on the current head of the Smithsonian — the first Black historian to ever hold the position — and two Black writers who have depicted the Black American experience to weigh in on those questions.
GUESTS: Lonnie Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Deborah Douglas, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University; author of “U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler’s Guide to the People, Places and Events That Made the Movement”
Mitchell Jackson, professor of creative writing at the University of Chicago; author of “Survival Math: Notes On An All American Family”