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Rock and Roll in Black and White

Jack Hamilton (University of Virginia)

Rock and Roll started out as an interracial forum, but Slate’s pop critic says rock turned into a predominantly white music genre, and he’s piecing together why.

18 mins

Baseball: A Paradox of Race Relations

Johnny Moore (Radford University)

The history of the great American game of baseball represents all the paradoxes of race relations in our country. Johnny Moore studies the surprising shift from the 1920’s, when baseball held an important place within the black community, to today, where that place lies in the NBA.

10 mins

Julian Bond and Black Leaders

Phyllis Leffler (University of Virginia)

The late Julian Bond conducted 51 extensive interviews with prominent black leaders in America. Phyllis Leffler led the project with Bond, and has written a book on the series that offers insights into the intractable disparities of race in America.

15 mins

Autobiography of an African Princess

Arthur Abraham (Virginia State University)

In the 1940s Fatima Massaquoi penned one of the earliest known autobiographies by an African woman. Arthur Abraham is one of three editors of The Autobiography of an African Princess, which traces Fatima’s life from her youth in Africa to her later years in America.

9 mins

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