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Basic Black; Conversation With Roger Wilkins


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Basic Black
Conversation With Roger Wilkins
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THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

Program Description

Host Darren Duarte speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter/essayist/social historian Roger Wilkins in this new edition of Basic Black. Wilkins (nephew of the late civil rights leader Roy Wilkins), formerly of the Washington Post and New York Times, now on the faculty of George Mason University, has a rich history as an articulate participant in the struggle for equal rights. In his latest book, Jefferson’s Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism, Wilkins uses his characteristic subtlety and his informed perspective as a seasoned socio-political observer to demythologize four founders of the Commonwealth of Virginia—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Mason.



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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
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