December 13, 2013
This week on Basic Black we're joined by Craig Wilder, professor of history at MIT and author of the new book Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America's Universities. Dr. Wilder explores the connection of slavery to the beginnings of America's ivy league schools, going so far as to say that alongside church and state, they were the third pillar of a civilization based on bondage." So how does this historical knowledge impact the contemporary relationship between African Americans and the nations most elite educational establishments?
(Photo of Craig Wilder by Jonathan Sachs.)