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SouthBound: Black History Month Through A Southern Lens

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Harvey Gantt outside the registrar's office at Clemson University.

February is Black History Month, and today, we look back at some of our favorite moments from past interviews that examine the culture and history of African-American life in the American South.

On today's episode - selections from three interviews with three of our guests. The first with Harvey Gantt, who grew up in the Jim Crow era to become Charlotte's first black mayor in the early 80s. Then, two food writers, John T. Edge of the Southern Foodways Alliance, and Kathleen Purvis of the Charlotte Observer, who talk about the cultural and racial undertones of Southern food. Stay tunes for all that on SouthBound.

Let's keep the conversation going. Send a tweet to @tommytomlinson or @wfae, and use the hashtag #WFAESouthBound. You can also email us at tomlinsonwrites@gmail.com.

Music Heard In This Episode:

  • Charlie Haden and Hank Jones - Steal Away
  • Unknown - Boll Weevil
  • James Brown - Hot Pants (instrumental)

Where to Listen:

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SouthBound is a production of WFAE. Our host is Tommy Tomlinson. Our producer is Nick de la Canal. Our web manager is Jennifer Lang. Our audience engagement producer is Joni Deutsch, and our theme music comes from Josh Turner.

Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary that airs every Monday. He's the author of "The Elephant in the Room," a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He has also written for publications including Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Garden & Gun. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.
Nick de la Canal is a reporter for WFAE covering breaking news, arts and culture, and general assignment stories. He work frequently appears on air and online. Periodically, he tweets: @nickdelacanal