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Basic Black: Ebony and Ivy

(Please note: This is an encore presentation of a previous show.)

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?

-  Callie Crossley, Host, Under The Radar with Callie Crossley, WGBH
-  Craig Wilder, Professor of History, MIT
-  Kim McLarin, cultural commentator and Assistant Professor of Writing, Emerson College
-  Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University
-  Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, WGBH News

(Photo of Craig Wilder by Jonathan Sachs.)