Mary & Eddie speak on the transformative power of knowing one another.

Mary & Eddie were born on the same day, grew up a mile apart, and met by chance years later. This is the story of the work they’re doing to close the racial divide in Chattanooga—through intentionally creating a space for relationships.

About the speaker

Mary Helen Montgomery is an independent public radio and podcast journalist. Recently, she has worked with Criminal, Nashville Public Radio, Here and Now, Neighbors, and Slate’s show Placemakers. She also teaches from time to time with the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, Mass., and at the summer institute at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Eddie Yancey, III is a Chattanoogan through and through. Being born and raised in the Southside of Chattanooga, he has seen his fair share of economic changes to the Scenic City. Eddie is a graduate of Howard School of Academics and Technology. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Communications from Middle Tennessee State University. Since graduating, Mr. Yancey has held positions pertaining to market research, healthcare recruiting, and consumer products marketing. The self-proclaimed “networking liaison” has a zest for life and loves meeting people from different backgrounds, cultures, and races.

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