This week on Under the Radar with Callie Crossley:

Jan. 16 is the 37th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday to acknowledge the legacy of the civil rights leader. The reverend was a key leader in the transformative social justive movement which challenged a racially segregated America, and pushed the country toward a more just future.

Understanding the complex history of race and racism in the United States and King's role in the civil rights movement is critical — but how do we explain the concepts to young kids?

Two experts who specialize in breaking down difficult concepts for children discuss why it is such crucial work.


Carole Boston Weatherford, award-winning children's book author and English professor at Fayetteville State university

Tanya Nixon-Silberg, director and founder of Little Uprisings, an organization in Boston that teaches children and adults about racial justice

Note: Bonnie Duncan of The Gottabees voiced Trevor The Elephant in this episode. Tanya Nixon-Silberg is performing at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Monday, Jan. 16.