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Bessie’s Front Porch: “The Day You Begin”

Dionne Jenkins, reading “The Day You Begin.”
Bessie Smith Cultural Center
Dionne Jenkins, reading “The Day You Begin.”";s:

“Bessie’s Front Porch” features community members reading children’s books to spur dialogue on race relations.

The digital series from the Bessie Smith Cultural Center here in Chattanooga debuted last year - and it is back for this Black History Month.

Here’s part of Dionne Jenkins reading “The Day You Begin” - 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.


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