Author Janet Cheatham Bell on Civil Rights, Empowerment and Travel

Aired on September 30, 2020

Author Janet Cheatham Bell has lived through both the Civil Rights Movement and today’s Black Lives Matter movement. She joins World Footprints to share her thoughts on the progression of racial equality in the United States.

Janet is also the mother of W. Kamau Bell, host of CNN’s United Shades of America. She offers some insights from her son’s show and her cameo appearance on the season premiere.

“Traveling to other countries was liberating because I learned that people are the same everywhere…being human is the same everywhere and it has nothing to do with color or culture.”

Janet Cheatham Bell

Janet also talks about the important role travel has played in her life and she shares what country touched her soul and opened her eyes to humanity.

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  • Ian and Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esqs., are the dynamic founders of World Footprints, an award-winning publisher of socially impactful travel content that explores the profound human connections made through travel. As hosts of the multi-award-winning World Footprints podcast, they have engaged with luminaries such as Maya Angelou, Ernest Green, Ken Burns, Cat Cora and Rick Steves. In addition to World Footprints, Ian and Tonya have written for prominent publications including AAA World, DETOUR, Miami Herald, The Lens, and Island Soul. Globetrotting as travel ambassadors and public speakers, the Fitzpatricks have been recognized as Black Travel Journalists of the Year by the Black Travel Summit.