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African-American Heritage

Aired: May 18, 2002

Slave Reparations

In 1968, a group calling itself The Republic of New Afrika startled the nation with a suggestion that six Southern states be set aside for blacks in America as a… More»

Aired: April 27, 2002

The Many Stories of Nat Turner

He is a cold-blooded murderer to some, a revolutionary to others. This much is certain. In August 1831, Nat Turner and about sixty other slaves rampaged through the countryside of… More»

Aired: December 8, 2001

Music As Therapy

Music therapy isn’t mainstream health care, but there is mounting evidence that almost any musical stimulus, from Mozart to the Dixie Chicks, can have therapeutic effects. Jim Borling, director of music… More»

Aired: November 11, 2000

100 Years of Separate and Unequal

With Reconstruction Virginia’s leaders committed themselves to publicly fund education for blacks and whites. But they made it clear that the two races wouldn’t be educated together. In 1896, the… More»

Aired: June 10, 2000

100 Years of Separate and Unequal

With Reconstruction Virginia’s leaders committed themselves to publicly fund education for blacks and whites. But they made it clear that the two races wouldn’t be educated together. In 1896, the… More»

Aired: March 11, 2000

Black Theater, Old and New

While some critics say that Black theater didn’t come into its own until the 1960s, drama professor Marvin Sims (Virginia Commonwealth University) argues it dates back to the 18th century. He says… More»

Aired: November 27, 1999

Runaways Revealed

Historian Tom Costa (University of Virginia-Wise) says we often speak of slaves and runaways in the collective without thinking of the individuals who made up these groups.  Costa is reconstructing the lives… More»

Aired: November 6, 1999

African-American Fortunes and Misfortunes

African-American hospitals have been major caregivers in black communities for most of this century.  Yet, their continued existence in the 21st century is in doubt.  Cassandra Newby-Alexander (Norfolk State University) is… More»

Aired: September 12, 1999

The Hairstons: Two Races, One Family

Charlottesville author Henry Wiencek discusses his book The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White. Wiencek shares stories culled during eight years of painstaking research on this Virginia and North Carolina planter… More»