Negro History Week was changed to Black History Month in 1976. Why do we have it? And how does it help us to understand the contributions of African-Americans. Historians Edgar Toppin of Virginia State University and Cassandra Newby of Norfolk State University join former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder, now a political scientist at Virginia Commonwealth University, to discuss the origins of this annual celebration and what it has accomplished in the past 20 years.
Also: Virginia State University historian Joe Goldenberg tours the site of the 1831 Nat Turner Rebellion and tells how it has been interpreted—and reinterpreted—over time.
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