'We Refuse' examines the history of Black resistance to white supremacy  

Kellie Carter-Jackson, an associate professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, discusses her new book, "WE REFUSE: A Forceful History of Black Resistance." (Marvin Germain)

Dr. Kellie Carter-Jackson, an associate professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, says resistance is often categorized as violent or non-violent. The historian and scholar’s research focuses on slavery, abolitionism, political violence and Black women’s history.

Dr. Carter-Jackson says her frustration with that narrative led her to write about the expansive tools that Black people have used to fight back against white oppression.

It’s a topic that Dr. Carter-Jackson explores in her new book, “WE REFUSE: A Forceful History of Black Resistance.” The book aims to explore and reframe the narrative around Black resistance, specifically Black women, to white supremacy and oppression.

On Tuesday’s edition of “Closer Look,” as part of a weeklong series ahead of Juneteenth, show host Rose Scott talked with Dr. Carter-Jackson about her book and what she wants readers to understand after reading it.

You can join “Closer Look” for our annual Juneteenth event on Thursday, June 13 at the Atlanta History Center.