11am: What’s The Word: W. E. B. Du Bois
An exploration of the life, work, and lasting influence of African American teacher, author, and activist W. E. B. Du Bois.
11:30am: What’s The Word: The Blues as Literature
The music that we call the blues emerged in the south in the early twentieth century. An expression of African American experience, the blues touched on everyday hardships and realities. On this special, Houston Baker, Jr. talks about the songs of Charlie Patton and the work of novelist Richard Wright, Robert Cantwell shares his vision of the blues as poetry in the lyrics of Robert Johnson, and Angela Y. Davis talks about the 1920s recordings of classic blues women Gertrude Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith.
Kinshasha talked with with Ruth Peltason author of the new book, I Am Not My Breast Cancer.
If you or a loved one has or has had breast cancer, I Am Not My Breast Cancer is an invaluable tool. The book is written off of message board posts from an internet online support group, so you get the ebb and flow of conversation as women from all different walks of life weigh in on how this disease has and is affecting them. With over 800 contributing voices, the book has much to say. It covers topics from the obvious fear of the diagnosis to the less obvious discomforts and challenges that many women with breast cancer face alone.