A rebroadcast of the first hour of the award-winning special “We Were Here” will be aired Saturday, January 19th, at 11pm. This special was produced by Lee Hay in 2003 as an outgrowth of her blues show and the discordant atmosphere between the races in Cincinnati.
It was an opportunity to blend the spoken word with chants, jazz, blues and other creative works of African American artists... pulling together resources inspired by the work the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The show blends various aspects of the African American experience in a powerful emotional experience. It is hoped that this special created a window through which listeners could transcend cultural barriers and rise to a new level of understanding leaving behind prejudice and narrow-sightedness.
The special was distributed by PRI, Public Radio International, and aired on at least 50 radio stations across the country. A number of church groups requested copies to share with their congregations.
In the words of one listener, “Thank you for a moving listening experience—it reminded me of how much the civil rights movement and Dr. King’s words and actions demonstrated what is best about humanity.”
Lee Hay received the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Governor’s Humanitarian Award in January, 2004, from Governor Robert Taft in Columbus for this special.