More than 56 years after civil rights marchers were brutally beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, “MTSU On the Record” took another look at race relations in the area surrounding Selma, Alabama.
Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Sekou Franklin, an associate professor in MTSU’s Department of Political Science and International Relations, first aired Feb. 1 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.
You can listen to their conversation via the SoundCloud link above.
Franklin and other members of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists conducted a survey of 300 white and Black people in Dallas County, where Selma is the county seat, and 200 white and Black people in surrounding counties in Alabama’s so-called “Black Belt.”
The study found both points of division and commonality on issues that included violence, local government, Black Lives Matter, school segregation, living wages and the impact of COVID-19.
“There’s a tradition in Southern rural communities that’s not just about whites who have racial animus,” Franklin said. “Also foundational to the history of the South is a resistance emanating from Black working class communities, a resistance that, at times, has actually tried to build multiracial coalitions.”
The Black Belt Community Foundation and the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation were partners on the project.
A downloadable copy of the report is available here.
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.
For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.