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  • emNever Caughtem
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    Never Caught

    Erica Armstrong Dunbar recounted the life of Ona Judge, a slave owned by George and Martha Washington, whose escape initiated a manhunt ordered by the first President. Catherine Kerrison, explored the…

  • emBallots and Bulletsem
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    Ballots and Bullets

    James Robenalt chronicled the unrest between police and black nationalists in Cleveland in 1968.

  • emNursing Civil Rightsem
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    Nursing Civil Rights

    Spelman College history professor Charissa Threat looked at the different struggles that African American women and white men faced in breaking into the Army Nurse Corps.

  • Anne Spencer House and Garden
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    Anne Spencer House and Garden

    Anne Spencer was a poet during the Harlem Renaissance period. Her granddaughter, Shaun Spencer-Hester, gave a tour of her grandmother’s home and told the story of how Anne Spencer brought the Harlem…

  • emLighting the Fires of Freedomem
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    Lighting the Fires of Freedom

    Janet Dewart Bell provided a history of African American women in the Civil Rights Movement.

  • emBeyond the Ropeem
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    Beyond the Rope

    In Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory, author Karlos Hill examines the history of lynching in America, and how the response of African Americans evolved over time.…

  • emBlack Texansem
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    Black Texans

    In Black Texans: A History of African Americans in Texas, 1528-1995, author Alwyn Barr shared the history of Africans Americans in Texas. C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their…

  • emMayor Harold Washingtonem
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    Mayor Harold Washington

    History professor Roger Biles recounted the political career of Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African American mayor.

  • In Their Shoes Exhibit
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    "In Their Shoes" Exhibit

    Special Collections Senior Archivist Mary Saffell of Texas Christian University shared items from the “In Their Shoes Exhibit” that tell the story of journalist and author Grace Halsell. She is known for her…

  • emThe Slaves Gambleem
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    The Slave's Gamble

    In The Slave’s Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812, author Gene Smith shared the stories of several African Americans and their decision to fight for or against the United States during the War of…

  • Ella Reid Collection at the Tyler Public Library
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    Ella Reid Collection at the Tyler Public Library

    Librarian Connie Greer highlighted items from the Ella Reed Collection that tell the story of Tyler Texas' first African American Public Library. The collection is held at the Tyler Public Library.…

  • Author Discussion on the Legacy of Slavery in the US
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    Author Discussion on the Legacy of Slavery in the U.S.

    A discussion on the legacy of slavery in the United States from the 23rd annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books that featured Ethan Kytle and Blain Roberts, Denmark Vesey’s Garden:…

  • emThe Black Power Mixtape 19671975em
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    The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

    Danny Glover, Kathleen Cleaver, and Brian Jones talked about the Black Power Movement and key participants like Stokley Carmichael, Angela Davis, Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, and Huey P.…

  • emBound to the Fireem
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    Bound to the Fire

    Food has always played an important role in American culture. Author Kelley Fanto Deetz talked about her book Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine, in which she…

  • emThe Dawn of Detroitem
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    The Dawn of Detroit

    Professor Tiya Miles talked about her book The Dawn of Detroit, in which she examines the role that slavery played in the early history of Detroit.

  • emStorming the Heavensem and emThe Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Pressem
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    Storming the Heavens and The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press

    Professor Gerald Horne talked about two books on the history of the African American struggle for civil rights. In Storming the Heavens, he describes the early efforts by African Americans…

  • Jeffrey Stewart and MaryLouise Patterson Discuss Harlem Renaissance Writers
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    Great Minds of the Harlem Renaissance

    Jeffrey Stewart and MaryLouise Patterson talked about Harlem Renaissance writers Alain Locke and Langston Hughes.

  • 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…

  • emOn Slaverys Borderem
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    On Slavery's Border

    Diane Mutti talked about her book, On Slavery’s Border: Missouri’s Small Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865, about slavery that existed along the Missouri River, and explored slave and owner relationships…

  • emSolomon Northupem
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    Solomon Northup

    In 1841, Solomon Northup, a free-born African American, was kidnapped and sold into slavery until his rescue. Historian David Fiske chronicled Solomon’s life in Saratoga Springs before his kidnapping and the…

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