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“Institutions Need to Be Pushed”: An Oral History of the Allen Building Takeover

Friday, September 20, 2019
In February of 2019, many of the original Allen Building protestors and their families met for a weekend long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the takeover. From the Washington Duke Inn to the Nasher Museum of Art, the event celebrated the Takeover and its participants –a sharp contrast to... Read More »

Making Amends: How Funders Can Address Slavery’s Legacy

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Professor William Darity Jr. of Duke University, co-author of a forthcoming book on reparations, is in favor of it. He told Mother Jones it would take between about $10 and $12 trillion to carry out. He said a government-based program could frame reparations as a national debt and obligation,... Read More »

9 books about dance that will change how you see the art form

Thursday, September 19, 2019
A book that is not only a biography of a dance company, but that also contextualizes that company against the larger background of gay rights, civil rights and women’s liberation. DeFrantz uses the story of Alvin Ailey to chart the story of African Americans in 20th-century America. The book takes... Read More »

Which Black Americans Should Get Reparations?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
He’s been one of academia’s leading authorities on American racial inequity for years, in high demand by Democratic presidential candidates who hope he’ll endorse their proposals to close the “racial wealth gap” — a term that his research helped popularize. But as William “Sandy”... Read More »

AAAS Speaker Series Highlights Duke Black Studies Alum

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
On Wednesday afternoon the Department of African & African American Studies will launch its 50th anniversary speaker series with Duke alum Ashon Crawley. Crawley, Ph.D., ‘13, will deliver a talk, “Migration Stories and the Hammond Sound,” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the... Read More »

The Case For Reparations

Friday, September 13, 2019
Congressional testimony by African & African American Studies, Economics and Public Policy Professor William "Sandy" Darity Jr. Read More

Duke's Black Comedy Class Brings 'Upper Ghetto Godmother'

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Warfield is a special guest for the Duke University course “Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy” course, taught by Professor Mark Anthony Neal, the James B. Duke Professor of African & African American Studies. The course features guest appearances by professional comedians, critics... Read More »

Virginia Seminary Sets Aside $1.7 million to Pay Reparations to Descendants of Slaves

Monday, September 9, 2019
"As far as I know this is a first for any academic institution in the United States," said William A. Darity Jr., a professor and expert on reparations at Duke University. Read More

Members of Exonerated Five Reflect on 'Criminal System of Injustice' in Monday Talk

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
At an event at Page Auditorium moderated by Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke professor of African and African American studies, the two spoke of their story’s connection to racial bias, the flawed criminal justice system and the media’s role in both. They described their story as one of... Read More »

Reparations Expert Says It's Time To Stop the Tired Narrative That Black People Can't Manage Money

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Duke University Economics Professor William ‘Sandy’ Darity, is one of many vocal supporters of reparations, leading the charge to make people look more intently at the data and empirical evidence around Black wealth in this country, rather than concluding a narrative based on... Read More »

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