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  • Slaves Suing for Their Freedom
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    Slaves Suing for Their Freedom

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor William G. Thomas III taught a class on some of the lawsuits brought by slaves who sued for their freedom in the antebellum period. He outlined the…

  • emBoss of the Gripsem
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    Boss of the Grips

    Historian Eric K. Washington recounted the life of James Williams, chief porter of Grand Central Terminal’s Red Caps in the early 1900s, who was the face of his African-American workforce…

  • emStolenem
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    University of Maryland History Professor Richard Bell talked about his book, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home, in which looked at the…

  • emShe Came to Slayem
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    She Came to Slay

    Historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar talked about her book in which she recounted the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman.

  • NASA Research Mathematician Katherine Johnson
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    NASA Research Mathematician Katherine Johnson

    West Virginia native and West Virginia State University alumna Katherine Johnson played a pivotal role in NASA’s missions to put men in space and on the moon. West Virginia State University President Anthony…

  • Booker T Washington
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    Booker T. Washington

    From the age of nine until he left to attend Hampton Institute, Booker T. Washington lived just outside of Charleston, West Vvirginia. In his book, Booker T. Washington’s Boyhood American Dream, Larry Rowe…

  • emA Time of Terrorem
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    A Time of Terror

    During the summer of 1930, civil rights activist James Cameron (1914-2006) survived a lynching attempt at the age of 16 in Grant County, Indiana. Later in life, he founded America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee.…

  • emSearching for Black Confederatesem
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    Searching for Black Confederates

    Historian Kevin Levin talked about his book, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth, in which he provided research that refutes claims that some African…

  • African American Women Army Corps Battalion
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    African American Women Army Corps Battalion

    Veterans of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion of the Women’s Army Corps, the only African American all-female unit sent overseas during World War II, shared memories of their…

  • Sharon Robinson Discusses Memoir emChild of the Dreamem
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    Open Phones with Sharon Robinson

    Sharon Robinson, the daughter of the late professional baseball player, Jackie Robinson, reflected on her life in the civil rights movement. She discussed her book and took viewer phone…

  • 100 Years of African American Migrations
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    100 Years of African American Migrations

    A panel of historians discussed African American migration over the past century and analyzed the reasons black people have migrated and created their own communities across the U.S. This…

  • emA Fools Errandem
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    A Fool's Errand

    Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch, author of A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture During the Age of Bush, Obama, and…

  • emGreen Bookem and African American Tourism
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    Green Book and African American Tourism

    The film Green Book won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Picture and brought attention to issues faced by African Americans when traveling during the Jim Crow era. A panel of historians and local…

  • Remembering 1619 the Slave Trade and Resistance
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    Remembering 1619, the Slave Trade, and Resistance

    This was the opening program of the 2019 Lapidus Center conference titled, “Enduring Slavery: Resistance, Public Memory, and Transatlantic Archives.” This program included remarks by…

  • Black Migration and National Park Service
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    Black Migration and National Park Service

    Officials from the National Park Service and preservation organizations talked about how historically black sites help to tell the story of African American migration. They also argued for…

  • First Enslaved Africans 400th Anniversary
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    First Enslaved Africans 400th Anniversary

    The Congressional Black Caucus hosted a ceremony marking the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans to arrive in British North America. Participants included House Speaker Nancy…

  • African American History 1619 Through the Civil War
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    African American History, 1619 Through the Civil War

    American History TV visited the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond’s exhibit on 400 years of African American history. Curator Karen Sherry focused on the period between 1619 and…

  • Racial Dynamics in the 1930s
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    Racial Dynamics in the 1930s

    Cornell College professor Catherine Stewart talked about racial dynamics during the 1930s, including the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal-era effort to gather narratives from former…

  • Playwright August Wilson and emFencesem
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    Playwright August Wilson and Fences

    Tulane University professor John “Ray” Proctor taught a class about playwright August Wilson, his contribution to African American theatre and his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Fences.

  • Malcolm Xs Views on Africa
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    Malcolm X's Views on Africa

    American University professor Ibram Kendi taught a class about Malcolm X’s views on Africa. Professor Kendi argued that through the 1960s, Africa had been associated with a lack of…

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