Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race (Grand Rapids)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI, View Map

Presented by Michele Norris, Host and Special Correspondent for NPR


Michele Norris is currently a host and special correspondent for NPR. Norris served as co-host of NPR's newsmagazine All Things Considered. Norris relates how she intended to write a book about America’s hidden conversations about race but discovered much had been hidden from her by her family. Her parents kept the stories of racial injustice and pain to themselves because they wanted their children “to soar”. She found that her father had been shot in the leg after returning from service in WWII by white police officers. Her mother had worked for years as an itinerant Aunt Jemima traveling to small towns demonstrating pancake mixes. Norris suggests that silence has some rewards and many costs. She seeks to uncover and encourage real conversation around family and race

About the Speaker

Michele Norris is an American radio journalist and former host of the National Public Radio (NPR) evening news program All Things Considered. She is the first African-American female host for NPR. Prior to becoming a host with NPR, Norris was a correspondent fro ABC News. She also wrote for The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. She is also the author of The Grace of Silence, a book that started as an extension of an NPR series about race relations in the United States, but in the end became mostly autobiographical.

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