You Don't Say: 'Everyone knew they were on the threshold of change.' | KBIA

You Don't Say: 'Everyone knew they were on the threshold of change.'

May 11, 2020

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 conversations series produced in commemoration of Columbia's bicentennial. It was commissioned by the City of Columbia's Como200 task force, and produced by KBIA with members of the Sharp End Heritage committee.