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Join historian Lettie Shumate as she examines what history shows us and makes critical connections between the past and present. Lettie’s passion for history and educating about the truth can be heard and felt through her engaging discussions about racism, current events, racial justice, and politics in a time when historical background needs to meet current realities. Her perspective and delivery are unique, direct, and just what you need to hear.

History Shows Us Lettie Shumate

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 237 Ratings

Join historian Lettie Shumate as she examines what history shows us and makes critical connections between the past and present. Lettie’s passion for history and educating about the truth can be heard and felt through her engaging discussions about racism, current events, racial justice, and politics in a time when historical background needs to meet current realities. Her perspective and delivery are unique, direct, and just what you need to hear.

    The Juneteenth Holiday: History, Memory, & the Real Progress

    The Juneteenth Holiday: History, Memory, & the Real Progress

    Juneteenth is now a federal holiday and, well, I have many thoughts that of course dive into history's context. The U.S. has continuously had an idea of progress that aligns with the same racist system that is at the core of its foundation. This holiday is coming at a time when people are arguing against Critical Race Theory, there is more legislation that needs to be passed for Black lives (like the anti-lynching bill, legislation that would protect Black voters, etc.), reparations are still being argued against, and more. So, what does this holiday mean?


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    • 57 min
    Sharing Our Stories and the Trauma We Carry with Tasha Hunter

    Sharing Our Stories and the Trauma We Carry with Tasha Hunter

    In this episode I talk with my friend Tasha Hunter about the intersections of trauma, race, history, what our bodies hold onto, and Tasha's personal journey which led her to become a licensed clinical social worker. 

    Tasha Hunter specializes in the treatment of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and stress, and works to eradicate the stigma of mental health through her private practice. Tasha is also the author of What Children Remember (which she discusses in this episode) and the host of her podcast When We Speak. Not only is she a close friend who I am beyond grateful to have in my life, but she is someone with a story that shows an enormous amount of bravery and she has a passion to help others see just how brave they are, too.

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    • 52 min
    "Right Does Not Equal White, Either" with Patricia Taylor

    "Right Does Not Equal White, Either" with Patricia Taylor

    The title of this episode is just a fraction of what me and my friend Patricia Taylor discuss in this podcast episode! Patricia and I met through Instagram last year and I immediately noticed that not only was she a Black woman who spoke up about racism and injustice, but she did it while showing the truth about righteousness and what it means to truly embody a spirit of truth and justice. She is also co-host of the Upside Down Podcast and is heavily involved with Be the Bridge.

    Righteous anger, centering Blackness, what progress really means, and the weaponization of spirituality are just a few things we talk about. Patricia is truly a light and I can't wait for you to learn more about how she is impacting the hearts and minds of many!

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    Upside Down Podcast
    On Instagram: @patricia_a_taylor
    Her blog: Some Thoughts From Your Black Friend

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    • 51 min
    Humanizing Blackness & Writing Our Stories with Marcie Alvis-Walker

    Humanizing Blackness & Writing Our Stories with Marcie Alvis-Walker

    On this episode I am joined by Marcie Alvis-Walker, an incredible writer and the creator of both Black Coffee with White Friends and Mockingbird History Lessons. I love what Marcie had to say about writing as a Black woman, her experiences navigating white spaces, humanizing Blackness through history and storytelling, and the reasons behind the names of both of her social media platforms.


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    • 1 hr 26 min
    After the Verdict: A Brief History of White Backlash

    After the Verdict: A Brief History of White Backlash

    When you think about the civil rights movement and angry white responses, there are probably certain images that come to mind. In this episode I will be going through a brief history of white backlash against Black progress, starting with the Reconstruction era. Last week, the Derek Chauvin trial verdict was read and though there were many Black people who were relieved (and many of us who had mixed emotions), there were even more people who were enraged about Chauvin being convicted because he is "one of their own." This history context is important and I get into it in this episode!

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    • 52 min
    Dismantling Oppressive Systems & Taking Accountability with Frederick Joseph

    Dismantling Oppressive Systems & Taking Accountability with Frederick Joseph

    In this episode I talk with Frederick Joseph, author of the New York Times best-selling book The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person, and upcoming Patriarchy Blues and Better Than We Found It (2022). I started following Frederick on social media a couple of years ago and connected with him on Instagram last year. He is an unapologetic force this world needs.

    Frederick Joseph is an activist, philanthropist, and was named to the 2019 Forbes Under 30 list for marketing and advertising. He is the sole creator of the largest GoFundMe campaign in history, the #BlackPantherChallenge, the creator of the largest individual Covid-19 support effort, the #RentRelief campaign, and Frederick consistently writes about marketing, culture, and politics for various outlets. 

    Dismantling the racist and oppressive systems that uphold white supremacy and cause direct harm to Black and brown people are priorities for Frederick, and this is evident in the incredible work he does. In this episode we discuss these systemic issues, patriarchy, cultivating healing in the Black community, accountability, and much more. 

    "Black people, we are legitimately a miracle. On a daily basis, our existence in this stifling, oppressive system, is a miracle." - Frederick Joseph

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    • 1 hr 6 min

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4.9 out of 5
237 Ratings

237 Ratings

JadeElise84 ,

The history we all need to know!

Thank you Lettie for providing such an amazing resource to help us all learn this important history.

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Thank you Lettie

I appreciate your podcast and Instagram so much thank you for sharing all of your knowledge with us 💜

BeckaDE ,

History -Facts

Is it baffling to realize how racist and capitalistic the USA? Listen to Lettie share and provide resources that will help you continuously grown in your racial justice journey.

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