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  • emLiving with Lynchingem
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    Living with Lynching

    Koritha Mitchell talked about her book, Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930, in which she discusses the way lynching was depicted…

  • emMy Life and an Era Buck Colbert Franklinem
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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…

  • First 100 Years of the NAACP
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    First 100 Years of the NAACP

    Panelists talked about the the first 100 years of the NAACP and its future. After the presentations they responded to questions from members of the audience. Patricia Sullivan is the author…

  • emGrowing Up Xem
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    Growing Up X

    Ms. Shabazz, daughter of the late civil rights activists Malcom X and Betty Shabazz, discussed her coming of age memoir, Growing Up X, published by One World. It details her childhood experiences…

  • 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 Ellison A Biographyem
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    Ralph Ellison: A Biography

    Arnold Rampersad talked about his book Ralph Ellison: A Biography, published by Knopf. Professor Rampersad researched the life of Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man, whose meditations on African-American…

  • 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…

  • Breaking the Naval Academy Color Barrier
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    Breaking the Naval Academy Color Barrier

    The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress honored Lt. Commander Wes Brown (Ret.), who in 1949 became the first black to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy. During this event at…

  • National Book Festival
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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…

  • emRising from the Railsem
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    Rising from the Rails

    Audio is unclear at certain points throughout this event. Mr. Tye talked about his book Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class, published by Henry…

  • emA Small Nation of Peopleem
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    A Small Nation of People

    Mr. Lewis and Ms. Willis talked about their book, A Small Nation of People: W.E.B. Du Bois and African American Portraits of Progress, published by Amistad Press. The book contains 150…

  • emVintage Yearsem
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    Vintage Years

    Dr. John Hope Franklin read the opening chapters of his forthcoming autobiography titled The Vintage Years to be published by Amistad Press, a unit of HarperCollins. Each chapter begins…

  • 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…

  • Congressional Black Caucus SwearingIn
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    Congressional Black Caucus Swearing-In

    The ceremony opened with a prayer by Reverend Jackson and the singing of “The National Anthem” and “The Negro National Anthem” by Tonya Lewis and “A Family Choir.” Other musical numbers…

  • emDancing in the Streetem
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    Dancing in the Street

    Professor Smith talked about her book Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit, published by Harvard University Press. The book tells the story of Motown as both…

  • Congressional Black Caucus SwearingIn
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    Congressional Black Caucus Swearing-In

    African-American members of the House gathered to celebrate their election and re-election. Rep. Waters, the chair of the caucus, Mr. Cosby and others spoke about the importance of…