Connections with Evan Dawson Takes a Look Back at Barack Obama's "A More Perfect Union" Speech with Local Elected Officials & Other Guests

Release Date: 
Wed, 03/16/2016

(Rochester, NY) March 16, 2016 –  On March 18, 2008, then Presidential-candidate Barack Obama made his campaign-defining “A More Perfect Union” speech at the National Constitution Center.  Referred to as the best political speech of the decade by NBC News, Obama was responding to the controversial remarks made by his former pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright. On Thursday, March 17 at 12 p.m. on AM 1370, WRUR-FM 88.5, WEOS-FM 89.5 (Geneva) and, Connections with Evan Dawson will mark the anniversary of Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” by breaking down the speech and looking at where we stand on race relations today.

In the first hour of Connections (at  12 p.m.), Dawson will be joined by several local officials including a representative from Mayor Lovely Warren’s office, former police chief and now-county legislator Jim Sheppard, school board member Van White, and Henrietta town Democratic leader Simeon Banister to share their thoughts on whether we’ve made progress or fallen behind. In the second hour (at 1 p.m.), Dawson talks with several people involved in various community efforts working to improve race relations.

Listeners are encouraged to join the conversation by phone at 1-844-295-8255 (TALK) or by email at, Facebook at, or Twitter using handles @evandawson or @wxxinews.

Connections with Evan Dawson is a live two-hour call-in talk show that covers a vast array of topics including regional issues such as fracking, education, agriculture, and the wine industry, as well as art, politics, and health. It repeats weeknights at 9 p.m. on AM 1370. Connections is also archived at



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