Today marks the 46th anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination. His grandson, Malcolm Shabazz's life has mirrored a number of the turns his grandfather went through, including time in prison and a transformative pilgrimage to Mecca. Now he is finding inspiration in his family and redefining his life. Also in this episode: Christine Ferrera has been filling out and submitting the comment card at Starbucks everyday... for five years.
When Lynn Hill retired from operating Predator drones for the U.S. Air Force, she closed that chapter of her life – until she started writing poetry about having one foot in the war and one foot at home.
For nearly two years ‘The Help’ has been on bestseller lists across the country. It’s a fictional account of African-American maids and their white employers in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 60’s. Today, Dick talks with Alma Cousin who was a real-life maid in Jackson at that time, along with Elizabeth Hays, one of the white children she cared for.Also: Wholly Cow Custard.
There are still more than a million and a half people living in tents and under tarps in Haiti. Many of the tarps have been out in the sun for months … so they're starting to fall apart. Now that it's the rainy season, they leak. Sandra Amilcar says all she can do us is gather her two kids under a corner of the tarp and try to stay dry.
Barbara Smith Conrad is a gifted mezzo-soprano who, as student at the University of Texas, found herself in a civil rights storm. It happened when Smith was cast opposite a white student. Smith was featured in the PBS documentary, When I Rise.