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The Omni-Americans: White Supremacy Folklore and Black Pathology Fakelore 50 Years Later


Last month Albert Murray’s The Omni-Americans was re-released in celebration of the book’s 50th anniversary with a new foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.   I had the privilege of getting to know Mr. Murray during my tenure at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  He was a co-founder of the institution and was also secretary of the board of directors. One of the things that I was most excited about...

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad and the Complexity of Freedom


Colson Whitehead’s critically acclaimed and award winning book is an intriguing and a thoughtful fictional account of slavery. Whitehead reimagines the Underground Railroad – literally – as a series of locomotive stations connected via subterranean tracks. ## Caution this essay contains plot spoilers ## The book centers around Cora, a young teenager on the Randall plantation in...

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