The Compass: American in Black and White

Episode 4: In the final episode Rajini explores how black Americans, and blackness itself, are represented, and asks what it means to be black in America today. Travelling widely across the country she hears from families in Atlanta, activists in Missouri and academics in New York City. She speaks to the artist Kehinde Wiley about his subversive attempts to literally paint power differently, and to the poet Tracy K. Smith about the vital role stories can play in encouraging empathy. Rajini hears from the civil rights icon John Lewis about why he is using comic books to tell his story. Rajini explores what is taught in schools, what is shown on TV, and how the reality of being black in America means that new black migrants to the United States are increasingly retaining their immigrant identity to avoid being considered ‘African-American’. She looks at the next generation of leadership, who can authentically lead the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, and attends a remarkable convention in Baltimore encouraging Americans to have ‘courageous conversations about race.’

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