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  • Open Phones with KeeangaYamahtta Taylor
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    Open Phones with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor talked about her book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation and responded to viewer comments and questions. She was interviewed while at the 16th annual…

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    My Life and an Era: Buck Colbert Franklin

    Professor Franklin and his son, John Whittington Franklin talked about the book they co-edited, My Life and an Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin. The book is about the life of…

  • emDisintegration The Splintering of Black Americaem
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    Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America

    Eugene Robinson talked about his book Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America. In his book he argues that, through decades of desegregation, affirmative action, and immigration,…

  • emSweet Thunder The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinsonem
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    Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson

    Wil Haygood talked about his biography Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson (Knopf, 2009). He responded to questions from members of the audience. This was a program in…

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    The Grace of Silence: A Memoir

    Michele Norris talked about her book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir (Pantheon, 2010). Her examination of her family’s racial perceptions focused on her maternal grandmother’s short career as a traveling…

  • emThe Breakthroughem
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    The Breakthrough

    Gwen Ifill talked about her book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama (Doubleday; January 20, 2009). In her book she examines a new generation of African-American…

  • emThe Hemingses of Monticelloem
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    The Hemingses of Monticello

    12:20-12:50PM (History and Bio Tent) Annette Gordon Reed Author, The Hemingses of Monticello Annette Gordon-Reed talked about her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W.…

  • emMirror to Americaem
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    Mirror to America

    Professor Franklin talked about his newest book, Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He described his life and education, and…

  • emRalph Ellisonem
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    Ralph Ellison

    Arnold Rampersad talked about his biography, Ralph Ellison. He also responded to audience members' questions.

  • emA Matter of Law  Equal Rightsem
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    A Matter of Law: Equal Rights

    Judge Carter talked about his memoir A Matter of Law: A Memoir of Struggle in the Cause of Equal Rights, published by New Press. He talked about his life as a black man born into a culture…

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    National Book Festival

    Walter Dean Myers was interviewed at the National Book Festival. He discussed writing children’s books and the role of African Americans in World War I. Mr. Myers is the author of…

  • emThis Far by Faithem
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    This Far by Faith

    After an introduction by Mr. Lehmann, Mr. Williams talked about his book, This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience, published by William Morrow. The book is…

  • emWalking with the Windem
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    Walking with the Wind

    Representative John Lewis talked about his book Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, published by Harvest Books. He described the history and impact of the 1963 March on…

  • emBrothers in Armsem
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    Brothers in Arms

    Mr. Abdul-Jabbar, former professional basketball player, talked about the book he co-authored, Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII’s Forgotten Heroes,…

  • emMy Soul Looks Back in Wonderem
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    My Soul Looks Back in Wonder

    Mr. Williams talked about his book My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience, published by Sterling. The book is part of the Voices of Civil Rights project, a…

  • emWEB DuBoisem
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    W.E.B. DuBois

    Professor David Levering Lewis read excerpts from his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography W.E.B. DuBois and talked about DuBois' life and career. Professor Lewis is the Martin Luther King…