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Basic Black ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Taking The History Out Of Black History

(Originally streamed on February 4, 2011)  After the broadcast, the conversation continued to explore the ways in which black history has been reinterpreted for political gain by representatives for conservative causes.

Recent examples include Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour's cool recollections of Freedom Summer (a time which saw intimidation and murder visited upon civil rights activists) and Virginia's proclamation establishing Confederate History Month, without the mention of slavery.

Our panel: Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Rev. Irene Monroe, syndicated columnist and blogger; Lionel McPherson, professor of philosophy, Tufts University; and Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter.

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Basic Black is produced live in WGBH's Studio B featuring a panel of the region’s sharpest observers of the current news, events, and topics impacting black communities locally and nationally. A simultaneous live stream at www.basicblack.org gives viewers the opportunity to submit comments and questions in real time during the broadcast.

Since 1968, Basic Black (formerly Say Brother) has reflected on the concerns and culture of African Americans through conversations, performances, and short-form documentaries. Basic Black captures the stories and events that illuminate the African American experience in the Boston area and beyond.

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