'Swinging While I'm Singing': Spike Lee, Public Enemy and the Message in the Music

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Beyond the visual provocations, Lee has never missed an opportunity to link music to his message. His brilliance as a filmmaker and tastemaker is tied to his use of the Black musical archive. Nowhere was this more pronounced than the song that opens Do This Right Thing, ... Read More »

Black People's Land Was Stolen

Thursday, June 20, 2019
Many leading proponents of reparations point to the federal government’s failure to provide land and resources (40 acres and a mule) to former slaves following emancipation, as promised, as laying the course for today’s inequities. “Had such a racial land reform taken place,” the Duke University... Read More »

At House Hearing, Panel Explores Reparations

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
“We have not had a conversation about reparations on this scale or level since the Reconstruction Era,” William A. Darity Jr., a professor of public policy at Duke University who is writing a book on reparations, said in a telephone interview. “To be blunt, I am more optimistic than I have ever... Read More »

Duke Professor Outlines Definition of Reparations

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Duke University professor William Darity outlined the three components of reparations on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on June 19. WATCH

Ahead of House Panel Hearing, We Discuss The History of the Slavery Reparations Movement

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
William Darity, a professor of public policy at Duke University, where one of his areas of expertise is the economics of reparations, is one of the guests discussing hearings for a bill that would create a commission to study how slavery impacted its descendants, as well as... Read More »

NC's Pool Rules Echo History of Keeping Blacks Out

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
My first reaction to a recent story about the Outdoor Recreation Center in Wendell, N.C., and its stated pool guidelines that “No baggy pants, no dread-locks/weaves/extensions or revealing clothes will be permitted or you will be asked to leave” was one of whimsy; it seemed so ridiculous. That is... Read More »

What Americans Need To Know About Reparations Ahead of This Week's Big Hearing

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
William A. Darity Jr.: I would like the hearing to make it clear that a program of reparations must designate black American descendants of persons enslaved in the United States as recipients, that a primary goal of a reparations program must be elimination of the racial wealth gap, and that... Read More »

Duke Welcomes NCCU, Durham Tech, Liberal Arts Collaborators to Humanities Unbounded Initiative

Monday, June 17, 2019
Eva Michelle Wheeler of Oakwood University will work with Mark Anthony Neal and the Department of African & African American Studies on critical analysis of translations of ethnonyms and epithets in literature and film Read More

Price Creates President's Advisory Committee on Institutional History

Monday, June 10, 2019
Serving along with Duke Divinity School Dean L. Gregory Jones M.Div.’85, Ph.D.’88 (Committee Chair) will be Jeff Baker, Professor of Pediatrics and Research Professor of History; Valerie Gillispie, University Archivist; Kerry Haynie, Associate Professor of Political Science... Read More »

The Music is in the Movie

Thursday, June 6, 2019
“It’s Black Music Month, so all the films highlight black music,” said Camille Jackson, director of communications for the Department of African & African American Studies. “We’re hoping to attract people from both the Duke and Durham communities for this celebration of black music," Jackson... Read More »