[Blackstudies-l] NPR: One month is not enough to know black history and accomplishments in Economics and STEM

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Mon Mar 1 10:48:39 EST 2021


Plus, teaching students a new Black history.
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by *Jill Hudson*
Stories You May Have Missed

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*When you think of the history of Black education in the United States, you
might think of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court
case. *But there's also a parallel history of Black people pooling their
resources to educate and empower themselves. Listen to the story
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or read it
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*More than 2 million Black men who pursued a higher education never reached
graduation. *Morehouse College is offering a flexible new online program
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to help them cross the finish line.

[image: Kris Bowers performs onstage during Soundcheck: A Netflix Film and
Series Music Showcase on Nov. 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif.]
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*Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images*

*Kris Bowers is one of the busiest composers in Hollywood. From Dear White
People and Green Book to Bridgerton and an upcoming film about Billie
Holiday, his music can be heard across screens big and small. *But his
film-scoring career was jumpstarted by a conversation with Aretha Franklin
— a life-changing meeting he says was with him while he scored an upcoming
biopic about the late Queen of Soul. Listen here
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or read the story
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*Code Switch co-host Shereen Marisol Meraji spoke to a pair of
documentarians who have spent the past two years exploring how reparations
could transform the United States *— and all the struggles and
possibilities that go along with that. Listen to the episode here
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History Lessons
[image: Remembering Bayard Rustin: The man behind the March on Washington.]
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This month, NPR's history podcast *Throughline* celebrated Black History
Month with episodes devoted to three important cultural figures.

*Civil rights activist and organizer Bayard Rustin is often overlooked as a
leader of the Civil Rights Movement. *But he was instrumental in the
movement and the architect of one of the most influential protests in
American history. Click here
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to listen.

*Writer Octavia Butler was the first Black woman to receive both the Nebula
and Hugo awards, the highest honors in the science fiction and fantasy
genres. *Her visionary works of alternate futures reveal striking parallels
to the world we live in today. Listen here
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*Black nationalist Marcus Garvey was Jamaican-born activist with a
complicated legacy. Back in the early 1920s, *Garvey proposed the radical
idea of returning Black Americans back to Africa. He traveled across the
world and amassed millions of followers. Some even called him "Black
Moses." Hear his story
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*Arthur Lewis changed our understanding of how poor countries can improve
their economies — and became the first Black economist to win the Economics
Nobel Prize.* His pathbreaking career ranged from academic research to
advising governments all throughout the world. Listen to *The Indicator
>From Planet Money* podcast episode here
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*Throughout his long career in STEM, Dr. James West has been an advocate
for diversity and inclusion. **Short Wave* podcast host Maddie Sofia talked
to West about his life, career, and about how a device he helped invent in
the 60's — the foil electret microphone — is now found in *everything*,
including hearing aids, smartphones, baby monitors and toys. Listen to
their chat
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Music, Art And Entertainment
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*Kirk Franklin*

*Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts has a slate of terrific performances that
celebrate and commemorate Black History Month. *A few highlights
include *gospel
music trailblazer Kirk Franklin and his powerhouse choir* giving a moving
performance
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from his studio in Arlington, Texas. *Nigerian Afrobeats star
Davido*’s intimate
four-song performance
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from his estate in Lagos takes listeners on a mini-retrospective of his
career. There are also concerts from Sampa
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2 Chainz
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Rick Ross
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, KeiyaA
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, Meshell Ndegeocello
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and others. Check out the complete roster here
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[image: Amy Sherald, who painted the official portrait of Michelle Obama,
appeared in the film Black Art: In the Absence of Light.]
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*HBO*

*In 1976, the African American artist and educator David Driskell earned a
place in art history with a groundbreaking museum exhibition. *"Two
Centuries of Black American Art" was the first major show by a Black
curator to look at the history of art produced by African Americans. The
show serves as the starting point for a new HBO documentary, *Black Art: In
the Absence of Light*. Read the story
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or
listen to the conversation
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between NPR's Rachel Martin and the film's director Sam Pollard.

[image: Desus Nice and The Kid Mero are hosts of the late night show Desus
& Mero, now in its third season on Showtime.]
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*Greg Endries/Showtime*

*Desus Nice and The Kid Mero went from hosting a cult podcast The Bodega
Boys, to booking big names in politics like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and
former President Barack Obama on their late-night show on Showtime, Desus &
Mero. *NPR's Sam Sanders spoke to the hilarious Bronx duo about pop
culture, politics, headlines and internet high jinks. Listen here
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