In light of recent events across the country and in Central Ohio, WOSU Public Media is committed to providing educational resources for all ages about race, racism, bias, protesting, civil rights, Black history and more. Below is a growing list of resources that will enable us all to become more engaged, more informed, and more inspired to stand up for diversity.“As our community grapples with racial injustice, turn to WOSU Public Media for information, dialogue and education.” -Tom Rieland, General Manager, WOSU Public Media
Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? Policing in the Community: Does the Past Dictate the Future?
Wednesday, August 19 at 12pm
What is the history of policing in our community? How can it inform us and should the way things have been done before dictate how the future of policing will look in the future?
Join Larry James, Managing Partner Crabbe Brown & James LLP, Michael Curtin, Former Journalist, and host Colleen Marshall, Co-Anchor, WCMH NBC4 for a discussion during Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? Policing in the Community: Does the Past Dictate the Future?
89.7 NPR News and All Sides with Ann Fisher
- Urban Scouts Youth Program Provides Work Opportunities in Linden
- Columbus Commission on Black Girls Makes Recommendations for Restorative Justice
- Columbus Funds Independent Review of How Police Handled George Floyd Protests
- Columbus Pastor Says Homicides of Black Males Highlight Need for Community Programs
- Amid Violent Summer, Linden Leaders Call for Youth Job Opportunities
- Journalist Jerry Mitchell’s Investigation of Civil Rights Era Murders
- What Happens Now That Ohio Cities Say Racism is a Public Health Crisis?
- Columbus DREAMer: “We’re Going to Keep Doing the Work”
- Black Lives Matter and Police Reform
Listen on the WOSU Ohio TV Channel, WOSU app or online at wosu.org.
WOSU and its national partners offer programming about diversity and racial justice. The following programs are available for streaming:
American Masters: Freedom Riders
American Masters: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
American Masters: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
American Masters Podcast – Why Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson Believes You Have More Power Than You Think
Additionally, PBS is featuring films and specials focused on racism in America in an effort to encourage conversation and change.
- Great Performances: Twilight: Los Angeles (Available through 8/8/20)
- FRONTLINE: Policing the Police
- Independent Lens: Tell Them We Are Rising
- Race Matters: America in Crisis: A PBS NewsHour Special
- America in Black and Blue 2020: A PBS NewsHour Weekend Special
PBS NewsHour has also compiled a list of books and articles for you to read, podcasts for you to listen to, and films for you to watch that may illuminate your understanding of the ongoing fight for racial justice and equality. Find the list here.
Unedited “Eyes on the Prize” Interviews with John Lewis and C.T. Vivian are available to stream courtesy of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.
John Lewis: Get in the Way has been added to the WORLD Channel schedule and is available to stream here.
WOSU Passport is the member benefit that provides you with extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming. Featuring both PBS and select local programming, WOSU Passport allows you to watch even more episodes of your favorite shows, including full seasons of many current and past series.
Explore all of the videos that are available on Passport at pbs.org.
Share Your Story
Your story may be included in a featured collection of personal stories from Americans grappling with racism and its impact, past and present. PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT will air two new specials this fall and a four-part docuseries in January 2021 that spotlight American stories, including how the far-reaching impact of the events of 2020 have affected our everyday lives.
WOSU Classroom is providing resources from PBS LearningMedia that supports discussion about race, racism, protesting, civil rights, Black history and historical individuals, bias, past and current events, and more. Access these resources here.
From news coverage to documentaries, PBS LearningMedia is also providing resources on confronting anti-Black racism.
When it comes to discussing diversity and racism with children, PBS KIDS has developed a Learning Kit with Daniel Tiger to help them understand the people, alike and different, that make up the world in which they live.
ARTHUR on Racism: Talk, Listen, and Act
Arthur, Buster and Lakewood Elementary School’s lunch lady, Mrs. MacGrady, talk about ways we can all fight racism and stand up for what’s right.
In the short, Mrs. MacGrady quotes the late Congressman John Lewis in telling Arthur, “If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something about it.”
ARTHUR: Arthur Takes a Stand
Arthur thinks Mrs. MacGrady is being treated unfairly, so – with some guidance from special guest Congressman John Lewis – he decides the best way to take a stand is to take a seat.
During his life, Rep. Lewis’ actions inspired many people to take a stand for what is right. Watch this episode together and talk with your kids about his legacy.
Community Conversations in Central Ohio
Historic and shocking recent events are provoking conversations about racism, privilege, injustice and violence. During a recent episode of Community Conversations, Ohio Wesleyan University Professor of History Michael Flamm spoke with WOSU’s George Levert about the issues and history of racism in the United States.
With a background in 20th century history and writings about “law and order” politics, Professor Flamm defines systemic racism, discusses how urban areas are segregated simply by public transportation and the construction of highways and offers suggestions of books and documentaries that provide insight into the issues and history of racism in the United States.
Find more episodes of Community Conversations here.
“Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America”
Did you know that Columbus is the second most economically segregated city in the country? Economic opportunity is not attainable for everyone… not even here in Ohio.
WOSU’s “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America” is a multi-platform media initiative that provides insight into the impact of poverty on American society. Listen to the stories of Black families striving to get a foothold out of poverty and explore upward mobility and strategies for designing a city where opportunity and equality exist for everyone.
StoryCorps Columbus seeks to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people. Columbus and WOSU hosted the national StoryCorps project in July 2019 and captured over 120 local stories throughout the month. WOSU was provided the interviews to create a local version of the popular NPR series – StoryCorps Columbus.
Starting in the fall of 2019, WOSU aired the stories on 89.7 NPR News and online at wosu.org. Many of these emotional, heartfelt stories provide an insight to the growing diversity of Columbus.
- Ann B. Walker is a woman of many firsts: the first woman in broadcast management at WLWC-TV in Columbus, the very first female broadcaster to report on the Ohio legislature, and the first Black woman from Franklin County given a White House Appointment.
- Luster Singleton, who identifies as a non-binary, found a mentor in Ginger Boyd when they met at a gathering of transgender people of color in Columbus.
- Brian and Lachandra Baker reminisced on 10 years of marriage: the ups, the downs, and what they’ve learned from each other along the way.
- Toni Shorter Smith and Reita Bynum Smith recall the success of saving two buildings on the Near East Side of Columbus that represent the history of Black culture in Columbus.
StoryCorps honors the voices, experiences and life stories of Black Americans in a recent episode, To Live With Your Hands Unfolded.
WOSU received a federal grant to produce programming for the American Graduate project, which is designed to focus on alternative career paths for the next generation of workers. The project in 2019 led to several documentaries, public forums, radio specials and a podcast series called Rivet.
- The Career Path Less Taken
- Forging Your Path: Your Career and How to Get There
- Hire Thinking: How to Get the Career You Want
Arts & Culture
Columbus Neighborhoods is an Emmy Award-winning series that explores the rich diversity of our community through cultural and historical programming. Over the past decade, WOSU has aired a dozen major documentaries about the neighborhoods of Columbus.
Last year, WOSU produced a series of 26 half-hour programs as a part of its magazine series. The series has two diverse hosts – Charlene Brown and Javier Sanchez – and uncovers the stories of the people, neighborhoods and landmarks that shape the Columbus we know today.
Black History and Preservation
- Underground Railroad
- Columbus’ Link to the Tuskegee Airmen
- Black Digital Collection at Columbus Metropolitan Library
- The Great Migration
- Columbus Illustrated Directory
- The Color Line in Vietnam
- Inventor Granville T. Woods
- History of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
- The Story of Pleasant Litchford
- Tennis on Columbus’ East Side
Black Community, Outreach and Mentorship
Black Artists and Businesses in Columbus
- Singer Ruby Elzy
- Tiger Mushroom Farms
- East Side Jazz
- Artist Elijah Pierce
- The Vanguard League of Columbus
- Battiste LaFleur Galleria
- Big Walnut Country Club
- Writer Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
- Artist Aminah Robinson
- Rendville Art Works
Watch additional episodes of Columbus Neighborhoods here.
Columbus Neighborhoods: Kelton House Underground Railroad Stop 360 Tour
Take a 360 degree look around the Kelton House and Museum on East Town Street in downtown Columbus to learn more about its history as an Underground Railroad stop.
Move your device around or hover your mouse over the video, click and drag in any direction, to get the 360˚ experience.
Broad & High
Broad & High is a weekly arts and culture series that profiles artists and their work in Central Ohio. Explore the character and creativity of Columbus, as well as the stories of the art, culture and local music of our city.
Broad & High Presents local music series spotlights Columbus bands with performance videos and interviews, including Watu Utungo, who investigates the common thread of Black music by fusing elements of jazz, R&B, hip-hop, soul and gospel to create one eclectic sound.
Additional performances with social justice themes include:
- “Movin’ On Up” by Ty Kalil and Bree OTB (Featuring Eric Rollin)
- “The Chicken or The Rent” by Paisha Thomas
Keturah Ariel’s work focuses on Black, female representation. She recently illustrated a new children’s book that was published in March.
Cyrus Fire considers himself a “pop surrealist” and his works in acrylic are easily identifiable by his bold sense of color and illustration.
David Butler’s body of work explores racist imagery found in old cartoons.
Toni Lipsey is a local crochet artist who is a regular on PBS Create. She learned to crochet when she was 13 and demonstrates for us her love of the craft and gives us an introduction to “Owlbert.”
Charlotte McGraw is an artist at Goodwill Art Studio. She has created a fictional town called Charlottesville, where creatures that are misunderstood, disrespected and rejected find a home, a hug, unconditional acceptance… and a permanent mayor named Charlotte.
Culture and Community
Find more episodes of Broad & High here.
Classical 101 is the only classical music service for Central Ohio. The station elevates the performing arts in the community through deep partnerships with the symphony, chamber orchestra, opera company and other groups. The following works are available at the Classical 101 website:
- “Portraits of Langston”
- Grammy-Nominated Work Tells Story of Northward Migration
- New Recording by UCelli Honors “Four Women” Who Fought for Social Justice
- First Recording by Black Woman Composer
- Fisk University Organists to Perform Concert of Black Composers
- Jessye Norman: An Appreciation
#ArtUnitesCbus is an initiative to employ Columbus-based visual artists to paint murals on the plywood installed over the windows throughout Columbus. What started as a project just at the Ohio Theatre and Greater Columbus Arts Council office quickly became a city-wide movement supported by businesses, artists and individuals who wanted to express their support for the protests and hope for the future.
View the artwork in the Short North, Downtown, at the Arts Council offices, Ohio Theatre and various Columbus businesses here.
The HeART of Protest
In response to the current landscape in Columbus, The King Arts Complex has organized the “HeART of Protest” social media and programming campaign. Over 20 arts organizations in Columbus have come together to create 46 (nonsequential) days of artistic protest to honor the 46 years of Mr. George Floyd’s life.
For each year of George Floyd’s life, a day of programming will be shared in his remembrance. Each arts entity will focus on telling an aspect of the story of black America, from slavery to the present day, through its unique art form.
Learn more about the campaign and how to get involved here.
New Beginnings: From There to Here
July 13 – December 23
Curated by Creative Women of Color, this is the inaugural exhibition in the Greater Columbus Art Council’s community gallery space and is part of the 46 days of “HeART of Protest” initiative created by the King Arts Complex. The exhibition is accessible virtually here.
The gallery is open to the public Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 4pm, or by appointment Monday-Friday. Visitors must wear masks and comply with social distancing guidelines.
Columbus Metropolitan Club Forums
June 17, 2020 the Columbus Metropolitan Club hosted a discussion on the issue of racism and injustice in Central Ohio, featuring Columbus City Council Member, Priscilla R. Tyson, Franklin County Commissioner, Kevin Boyce and host, Jo Ingles, Statehouse News Bureau.
Past CMC Forum topics of discussion include:
- Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? Fighting Voter Suppression While Guaranteeing Fair Elections
- Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? Judicial Reform
- Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? The Bias Hidden Within You
- Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? Young Black Women Speak
- Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? Young Black Men Speak
- Special Report: Corona Exposes Disparities
- ENCORE Wil Haygood’s Tigerland (2018)
Upcoming CMC Forum topics of discussion include:
- Wednesday, August 19 at 12pm: Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? Policing in the Community: Does the Past Dictate the Future?
- Wednesday, August 26 at 12pm: Conversation 2020: Black History 101
Stream previous forums on the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s YouTube channel.
LGBTQIA+ Storytelling Project: Black Gay Men’s Lives Matter: Then & Now
July 23, 2020 WOSU Public Media’s LGBTQIA+ Storytelling Project presented Black Gay Men’s Lives Matter: Then & Now, an intergenerational conversation about the unique lives of Black Gay men in light of the social unrest of 2020. The live event was recorded and is available to watch on the WOSU Public Media Facebook page.
Funding for WOSU’s LGBTQIA+ Storytelling Project is provided by The Legacy Fund of The Columbus Foundation.
Wexner Center for the Arts: Cincinnati Goddamn Available for Streaming
Released as 2013’s Black Lives Matter movement gained traction in the United States, Cincinnati Goddamn investigates the city’s complicated history with antiblack racism and police brutality. Watch Cincinnati Goddamn here.
Columbus Metropolitan Library: Virtual Author Talk with Barbara Fant
July 31, 2020 the Columbus Metropolitan Library hosted a discussion with award-winning poet and author Barbara Fant about the personal and systemic traumas she’s faced as a Black woman and her journey of healing through the arts. Sign up and watch the recording of the program here.
National Museum of African American History: Talking About Race
Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has gathered resources that will help you and your family talk about race and learn about others’ experiences. Find them here.
Schomberg Center: Black Liberation Reading List
For 95 years, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has preserved, protected and fostered a greater understanding of the Black experience through its collections, exhibitions, programs and scholarship.
In response to the uprisings across the globe demanding justice for Black lives, the Schomburg Center has created a Black Liberation Reading List. The 95 titles on the list represent books that activists, students, archivists and curators regularly turn to, with a particular focus on books by Black authors and those whose papers the center stewards.
WBUR On Point: How to Talk to Your Kids About Race, Racism and Police Violence
In this podcast, Melissa Giraud, Andrew Grant-Thomas and Christian Cooper discuss how parents should talk with their children about race, racism and police violence.
YWCA: Action Steps to Fight Against Systemic Racism
YWCA has developed a list of ways to get involved and create a sustained momentum for change. Find it here.
Oh Freedom! Songs and Voices of Freedom and Civil Rights
August 9, 2020 Natalie’s Grandview presented Oh Freedom! Songs and Voices of Freedom and Civil Rights, featuring Debra James Tucker, Tia Harris and Vicki Saunders, along with poet Stevi Knighton. This engaging program featured a cappella songs of freedom, video images and spoken words of the troubled times we find ourselves in.
Watch a recording of the concert on Facebook.
GCAC and CAPA paid local artists to paint murals over boarded-up windows at the Ohio Theatre. #ArtUnitesCbus