2020 was a year of racial reckoning in America unlike anything we'd seen since the 1960s. So in honor of this year's Black History Month, we're highlighting programs that question our assumptions about Black history, politics, and culture.
In 2017, Ken and Debra spoke to Chris Lebron from Johns Hopkins University about his then-new book, The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of an Idea. A few years earlier, John and Ken asked Tommie Shelby from Harvard University about Black Solidarity. In between, they also spoke to Namoi Zack from the University of Oregon (now at City University of New York) about White Privilege and Racial Injustice.
We've also included episodes about some foundational Black thinkers. We dug deep into the archives to select John and Ken's 2006 conversation with Lucius Outlaw from Vanderbilt University about the life and thought of W.E.B. Dubois (born February 23, 1868). More recently, Debra and Ken spoke to Christopher Freeburg from the University of Illinois about James Baldwin and Social Justice. And for a more international view, Josh and Ken asked Nigel Gibson from Emerson College about the life and thought of Frantz Fanon.
We hope these episodes make you think! And please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.