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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 • 245 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.

    I'm Back: Questions, Answers, & Encouragement

    I'm Back: Questions, Answers, & Encouragement

    It has been a month and a half sine I dropped a podcast episode, but I'm back! On this episode I answer some questions I received last month and they happen to be perfect for this comeback after my hiatus. A few of these questions allowed me to reflect on this year and I hope it resonates with and encourages you all!


    Follow me on Instagram @sincerely.lettie and @historyshowsuspodcast 

    Join my Patreon community to get history education and antiracism content. This can include live Q&As, history lessons, my book club, and more!

    • 50 min
    Gloria Richardson and the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee

    Gloria Richardson and the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee

    The civil rights movement is decorated with well-known names, but one that isn’t heard and known enough is Gloria Richardson’s. As a pioneer of the civil rights movement in Cambridge, Maryland and leader of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee (CNAC), Richardson was a force and unapologetically fought for human rights in the Black freedom struggle.

    Gloria Richardson passed away on July 15, 2021 and I’m grateful for her incredible legacy. There is a famous picture of her pushing a bayonet, held by a National Guardsman, out of her way as she protests in Cambridge. Her “who do you think you are??” face says it all and it’s one of my favorite photos!

    In this episode, I provide some historical context about Cambridge, Maryland in the 19th and 20th centuries, and discuss Gloria Richardson, CNAC, connections to other civil rights groups, and the contribution to the larger civil rights narrative.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Whiteness and Other Lies with Kina Reed

    Whiteness and Other Lies with Kina Reed

    Understanding systemic racism also requires knowledge about the weaponization of whiteness and how it continuously functions. In this episode, I'm joined by my friend Kina Reed and we dive into this, anti-Blackness, the lies surrounding history and whiteness, Kina's perspective on trauma and how it affects humanity, and more. 

    Kina Reed is a DEI consultant and facilitator, researcher, learning strategist, community advocate, and someone who is committed to moving us all closer to the goal line of shared humanity. I met Kina through Instagram early last year and I'm so glad I did. Her spirit, ability to be unapologetically herself, and passion for racial justice is obvious!

    Follow Kina on Instagram @theantiblacknessreader and @divestingfromwhiteness .

    Follow me on Instagram @sincerely.lettie and @historyshowsuspodcast .

    Become a member of my Patreon community to get history and antiracism content, too! 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    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.

    Follow Tasha on Instagram, listen to her podcast, and get a copy of her book! 

    Follow me on Instagram @sincerely.lettie, and follow this podcast on Instagram, too!

    • 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!

    Follow Patricia:


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

    Follow me on Instagram @sincerely.lettie and follow this podcast @historyshowsuspodcast 

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
245 Ratings

245 Ratings

aka_k8i ,

Thank you, Lettie!

I truly appreciate everything Lettie has taught me. Among many things, I love her honesty and the fact that she constantly pushes her listeners to be more than performative. Be sure to join her Patreon—the resource list she shares through that platform is very helpful.

AngelPirateNY ,

The history teacher we all should have had.

Lettie Shumate’s ability to concisely present (widely unknown or misunderstood) historical information and connect it precisely to inequities and oppression in our current society is truly the gift most of us never knew we needed. But we did.

Hey it's blue day ,

Amazing podcasts

Love the Podcasts. Thank you for sharing!

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