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African-American Heritage

Aired: June 10, 2000

100 Years of Separate and Unequal

With Reconstruction Virginia’s leaders committed themselves to publicly fund education for blacks and whites. But they made it clear that the two races wouldn’t be educated together. In 1896, the… More»

Aired: March 11, 2000

Black Theater, Old and New

While some critics say that Black theater didn’t come into its own until the 1960s, drama professor Marvin Sims (Virginia Commonwealth University) argues it dates back to the 18th century. He says… More»

Aired: November 27, 1999

Runaways Revealed

Historian Tom Costa (University of Virginia-Wise) says we often speak of slaves and runaways in the collective without thinking of the individuals who made up these groups.  Costa is reconstructing the lives… More»

Aired: November 6, 1999

African-American Fortunes and Misfortunes

African-American hospitals have been major caregivers in black communities for most of this century.  Yet, their continued existence in the 21st century is in doubt.  Cassandra Newby-Alexander (Norfolk State University) is… More»

Aired: September 12, 1999

The Hairstons: Two Races, One Family

Charlottesville author Henry Wiencek discusses his book The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White. Wiencek shares stories culled during eight years of painstaking research on this Virginia and North Carolina planter… More»

Aired: April 4, 1999

Ballpark Science

To celebrate Opening Day 1999, we couple a little R.B.I. and E.R.A. with some E = mc2. Physicist Richard Minnix (Virginia Military Institute) explains the science of a curve ball and proves there really… More»

Aired: February 21, 1999

Virtually Virginia

Virginia scholars are finding the Web more than a marketplace for plane tickets and books. It’s a valuable teaching tool. Historian Randy Shifflett (Virginia Tech) conducts a guided tour through Virtual Jamestown,… More»

Aired: February 7, 1999

The Hairstons: Two Races, One Family

Charlottesville author Henry Wiencek gives his first broadcast interview about his new book, The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White. Wiencek shares stories culled during eight years of painstaking research on… More»