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"Scenic Roots" offers conversations that matter in the heart of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley.From the mountains to the river, our conversations are rooted deep within every corner of our community - reflecting who we are, who we were and who we can become.We engage with the news that affects our community, behind and beyond the headlines. We build bridges that span from creators and innovators to storytellers and the outdoors. We focus on our challenges as many communities in one - as we celebrate what inspires us. We resonate with countless voices - in words and spaces, sounds and songs.We are "Scenic Roots."Ray Bassett hosts and produces "Scenic Roots" at WUTC.

Next on “The A List” From WTCI PBS: Rev. Wheeler Parker, Jr.

Rev. Wheeler Parker, Jr.
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Rev. Wheeler Parker, Jr.

In 1955, nearly seventy years ago, Emmett Till was kidnapped and lynched in Mississippi.

The horrific murder of the 14-year-old African-American teen ignited outrage nationwide - a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.

On the fateful night when Emmett was taken from his bed, his cousin Wheeler Parker, Jr. - age 16 - was in the house with him.

Now the last living witness of that tragic event, Parker - who became a Reverend - has made it his mission to share that story, and keep the memory of Emmett Till alive for generations to come.

Rev. Parker - today in his eighties - is the next guest on “The A List with Alison Lebovitz,” this Thursday at 8:30 PM on our public media partner WTCI PBS.

Ray is the host and producer of Scenic Roots, Mondays - Thursdays at 3 PM on WUTC.
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