most people today -and of all 'todays' of the past, have always thought of themselves as generally aware and knowledgeable. the fact is, however, that we are of much the same intellectual sophistication (classical sense of the word) that we were some 10,000 years ago when man set down the first-permanent mud-buildings of primitive municipality.
On to a new and inevitable age!
Human Nature and Continuing Human Existence
March 21, 2008 from Morning Edition National public radio
Seeing Red over Injustice
STEVE INSKEEP, host: We’re ending a week in which much of the news is focused on race in America. We’re also ending another chapter of our regular feature, StoryCorps. The project just finished a full year of recording the stories of African
Americans. The StoryCorps Griot is the largest oral history of black American life in decades. This morning’s story is hard to listen to as the truth often is. It comes from Mary Ellen Noone who stepped into a StoryCorps booth in Montgomery, Alabama.
Ms. MARY ELLEN NOONE: My great-grandmother was born before the turn of the century. Her name was Pinky Powell. She was a petite woman, probably 95 pounds wet, but very strong. She would tell us that she could pick 100 pounds of cotton by
lunchtime. She never smiled, but I could tell when I looked in her eyes that she really loved me.
INSKEEP: Mary Ellen Noone’s interview will be archived at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and at the Library of Congress. You can hear more at npr.org.
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