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  • emThe Other Madisonsem
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    The Other Madisons

    Retired pediatrician and geneticist Bettye Kearse investigated her family’s lineage and its oral history that claims they are descendants of James Madison and his slave, Coreen.

    396 views
  • emTackys Revoltem
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    Tacky's Revolt

    Harvard University history Professor Vincent Brown chronicled the 18th century slave revolt that took place in Jamaica, known as ‘Tacky’s Revolt.’

    1,105 views
  • emWilmingtons Lieem
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    Wilmington's Lie

    Author and journalist David Zucchino detailed how over 2,000 white supremacists rioted through Wilmington, North Carolina, on November 10, 1898, which resulted in the deaths of 60 black men…

    859 views
  • Historian Gretchen Sorin Discusses emDriving While Blackem
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    Driving While Black

    Historian Gretchen Sorin looked at how the introduction of the automobile impacted the lives of African Americans, providing a new freedom that was supported by black-owned businesses and…

    385 views
  • 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…

    921 views
  • 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…

    377 views
  • 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…

    648 views
  • Erica Armstrong Dunbar Discusses the Life and Times of Harriet Tubman
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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.

    642 views
  • emThe Last Negroes at Harvardem
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    The Last Negroes at Harvard

    Ken Garrett and Jeanne Ellsworth looked back at the journeys of 18 black men who were admitted into Harvard in 1959 during the civil rights movement.

    608 views
  • National African American ReadIn Breakfast
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    National African American Read-In Breakfast

    Book TV presented coverage of the National African American Read-in, an event that promotes literacy during Black History Month.

    157 views
  • emBlack Prophetic Fireem
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    Black Prophetic Fire

    Cornel West talked about the book Black Prophetic Fire, which he co-wrote with Christa Buschendorf. In the book, he profiles African American leaders Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois,…

    1,203 views
  • emNever Caughtem
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    Never Caught

    Professor Erica Armstrong Dunbar talked about her book Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, in which she recounts the life of Ona Judge, a…

    3,474 views
  • emAfrican Americans in Amarilloem
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    African Americans in Amarillo

    In her book, African Americans in Amarillo, Claudia Stuart highlights talked about the effect of black leaders and pioneers in Amarillo, Texas, including how the establishment of churches facilitated the…

    327 views
  • emStolenem
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    Stolen

    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…

    1,026 views
  • UNC Special Collections Enriching Voices Exhibit
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    UNC Special Collections "Enriching Voices" Exhibit

    Located in the North Carolina Collection Gallery, the “Enriching Voices” exhibit celebrated the contribution African Americans have made to North Carolina literature. C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles…

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  • emThe Price of Libertyem
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    The Price of Liberty

    In 1822, the American Colonization Society, along with the U.S. government, established a colony in West Africa as a location to relocate African Americans. In his book, The Price of Liberty, Claude Clegg…

    122 views
  • emSearching for Black Confederatesem
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    Searching for Black Confederates

    For decades, there have been claims that enslaved African Americans fought willingly on the side of the Confederates during the Civil War. In his book, Search for Black Confederates, Kevin Levin explained…

    3,067 views
  • emThe Courage to Leadem
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    The Courage to Lead

    Howard Lee was the first African-American elected mayor in a majority-white southern city. Mr. Lee talked about serving as Chapel Hill’s mayor from 1969 to 1975, and explained the challenges he faced during…

    52 views
  • 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…

    253 views
  • 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.…

    236 views
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