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Bessie's Front Porch: "The Other Side"

Paula Wilkes reading “The Other Side”
Bessie Smith Cultural Center
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Each week online, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center here in Chattanooga features community members reading children’s books - to spur dialogue on race relations.

The digital series is called “Bessie’s Front Porch” - and last week, the center’s president Paula Wilkes read “The Other Side,” by Jacqueline Woodson.

Watch the entire readings from “Bessie’s Front Porch” on the Facebook page - and YouTube channel - for the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

The next reading appears online at 11 AM ET on Thursday, October 29th.

Watch Paula Wilkes read "The Other Side":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynVJJjg0cRc

Ray is the host and producer of Scenic Roots, weekdays at 3 PM ET on WUTC.
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