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22 November 2020

Last year, I had a conversation about forgiveness with a friend who grew up in Jim Crow Nashville. He opined that black people forgive white people too much...

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05 November 2020

In 1903 while speaking of the fame and popularity of his nemesis, Mr. Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Dubois, the premiere Black intellectual of his day said...

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14 April 2020

As I mentioned in a previous review of a Richard Nixon biography, Watergate was the beginning of my fascination with politics and American history. The...

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10 October 2019

It must have been somewhat difficult to grow up as the namesake of one of the most prominent and controversial human rights leader in American history,...

Book cover saying They Were Her Property and drawing of slaves
27 August 2019

As a professor of African American history, I have very little interest in slavery. I am painfully aware that the insidious institution constructed and...

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15 August 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Arthur Ashe in the early 1980s. It was in a little tennis shop in a strip mall somewhere on Bethel Road. He was representing...