At the turn of the twentieth century, W. E. B. Du Bois curated an exhibit at the Paris Exposition in France entitled “The Exhibit of American Negroes.” The exhibition used photographs to disrupt the negative imagery that was used to depict black Americans at the time.
With over 45 million visiting the exhibit, Du Bois was able to put the dignified black person front and center on an international scene. This illuminating experience propelled the “New Negro” movement in the United States, highlighting a sharp contrast from the Jim Crow agenda being pushed elsewhere. Du Bois would continue his excellence as an author, historian and activist, paving the way for other pro-black entities to exist.
In this episode of Black History In Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., with additional commentary from Rhae Lynn Barnes of Princeton University, Chad Williams of Brandeis University, and Farah Griffin of Columbia University, we celebrate an American hero who successfully elevated and illuminated the black experience for the world to see.
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• Robert F. Smith
• Henry Louis Gates Jr.
• Dyllan McGee
• Deon Taylor
• William Ventura
• Romilla Karnick
• Oovra Music
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