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In The Name Of "Good Trouble" For Racial Justice

Rep. John Lewis, D-GA, wearing the Presidential Medal of Freedom - presented to him by President Barack Obama in 2012.

As this country’s legacy on race remains at the forefront of public debate, one recurring theme is who we remember - and how we remember them.

That’s part of what I heard this week in a discussion that included two scholars on our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Chandra Ward is assistant professor of sociology here at UTC - and Jonathan McNair is the Ruth S. Holmberg Professor of American Music. 

I spoke with them - and Marcus Ellsworth, artistic manager at Barking Legs Theater here in Chattanooga - as well as an activist and organizer.

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