Thanks to all who joined us Monday evening, September 27 at 16th Street Baptist Church for a conversation with Michele Norris, host of NPR's All Things Considered and author of the new book, The Grace of Silence. The book is a continuation of the discussion of race in America which she began during the 2008 Presidential campaign, as well as a personal reflection of the role race has played in her life and the lives of her family members.
"What I'm interested in as a journalist and as a writer is the conversations around the margins; those conversations are outside of earshot for the most part. We don't pay enough attention to what's happening there."
Norris is the recipient of the 2009 National Association of Black Journalists "Journalist of the Year" award, among many other accolades. She has been one of the hosts of All Things Considered since 2002. Before joining NPR, Norris was a correspondent for ABC News, where she reported extensively on education, inner city issues, the nation's drug problem, and poverty. Norris has also reported for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times.
Ms. Norris is on a 30-city book tour to continue the conversation in what she prefers to call a listening tour, but the hardest part still remains - how will she pass on these stories with grace?