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You Don't Say: 'Everyone Knew They Were On The Threshold Of Change.'

Hillary Tan
Muriel Browder (left) and Monica Naylor are two long-time Columbians who spoke about growing up on the brink of change, for KBIA's 'You Don't Say' series.

KBIA's conversation series "You Don't Say" explores the black experience in Columbia, then and now.

In this edition, long-time Columbians Muriel Browder and Monica Naylor discuss what it was like to grow up in the families of prominent education advocates during an era on the brink of social change.

Muriel Browder is the daughter of Muriel and Eliot Battle, an influential pair of advocates and educators and Battle High School’s namesake. Monica Naylor is the daughter of Beulah Ralph, the Columbia advocate and educator in whose honor Beulah Ralph Elementary is named.

The two families socialized and worshipped together at St. Paul AME, a historic African Methodist Episcopal church.

For KBIA’s You Don’t Say series, Browder and Naylor got together at St. Paul’s to discuss what is was like growing up on the brink of major social change — the excitement, the growing pains, and the promises – kept, and broken.

You Don’t Say is a special project commissioned by the City of Columbia’s bicentennial Como200 task force. It’s co-produced by the Sharp End Heritage Committee and KBIA.

Janet Saidi is a producer and professor at KBIA and the Missouri School of Journalism.
T’Keyah Thomas is a spoken word poet and community organizer based in Columbia, MO. In her role as announcer and producer for KBIA, you’re likely to catch TK on-air during the day, or moderating a panel on art and local history.
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