Black History Month Special
The black freedom struggle in the mid- to late-20th century exposed discrimination to the nation in stark terms and forced it to grapple with one of its most pressing problems, what W.E.B. Du Bois called the the color line.
African American grassroots activists, leaders, and organizations helped remap American History, forcing the nation to reexamine the basic democratic principles by which we live; forcing the country to live up to principals of its founding.
How does Black History shape American History? What remains of the problem of the “color line” today? Does the reelection of Pres. Barack Obama signal a “post-racial” era or an opportunity for the struggle for equality?
Join us for the conversation.
Jamie Wilson is an associate professor of African American and Modern US History and writes on black cultural formation, political thought and religion. Author of Building a Healthy Black Harlem (Cambria, 2009), which examines the urbanization of black Harlem in the Jazz Age and Great Depression, and The Civil Rights Movement (ABC-Clio, January 2013), a reference guide to the Civil Rights Movement, Wilson is now beginning a biographical project about the late Gil Scott-Heron, the rhythm and blues artist.
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