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May 13, 2024 - Kerri Greenidge, the BSO, and LexSeeHer

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About The Episode

The landmark Supreme Court case that struck down racial segregation in public schools helped to dismantle  the legal apparatus of white supremacy. It also prompted a civil rights movement.  With This Friday marking the 70th anniversary of this ruling,   Kerri Greenidge, associate professor in history and in the department of race, colonialism, and diaspora at Tufts University,  joins us to talk about its  legacy and limitations. 

From there we look at racial imbalance in another realm, classical music. U.S. orchestras have come under scrutiny in recent years for being predominantly white –now they’re working to change that. CRB’s Brian McCreath takes us to Symphony Hall with a look at how the Boston Symphony Orchestra is encouraging a new generation of diverse musicians.

Finally, sisters are doing it for themselves.  As America prepares to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution, Lexington, Massachusetts is telling a story about the women who were a part of this history but were forgotten or erased and never celebrated.  Hence, the monument “Something is Being Done.” Years in the making it will be unveiled this Wednesday at 10:30 . It  depicts women with Lexington roots, from the 18th century to the present.

Jared Bowen talks to Meredith Bergmann, the acclaimed Massachusetts sculptor who created this monument and  Jessie Steigerwald, president of LexSeeHer, Inc.