SouthBound: Clint Smith's Voice Rises To A Transformative Moment In America

Jul 8, 2020

Clint Smith grew up in New Orleans until his family had to relocate to Houston in Hurricane Katrina. He has grown up to become one of America’s most powerful young voices, especially when it comes to the value of Black lives.

He’s a former poetry slam champion, and his two TED Talks have a combined audience of more than 7 million views. He teaches writing and literature to prisoners in Washington.

And now he’s working on a book called “How the Word is Passed,” on American historical sites, and how they reckon with – or don’t reckon with – our history with slavery.

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Show notes:

Other music in this episode:

  • Mystery Mammal, "Nothing Else Matters"

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