I get a lot of information these days from podcasts. They are my go-to listening in the car because I can gain insights and learn things while I make the almost always hour-long commute to and from my destination. Two of my favorite podcasts are Research at the National Archives and Beyond with Bernice Bennett and The African Roots Podcast with Angela Walton-Raji.
I appreciate both of these shows because they are hosted by African American women who bring deep knowledge and great questions to their guests. Their guests always explore intriguing subjects, and I never finish an episode without learning something that is really important to my life and my work.
This week, I finally made time to listen to Bennett’s amazing interview with Craig Steven Wilder, author of Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Trouble History of America’s Universities. As a former academic, I found myself both stunned and also unsurprised (as I often am when it comes to American history) about the history of enslavement in the universities of our nation. In particularly, I was struck by Wilder’s note that universities from the colonial period only survived because they attached themselves to slavery. I have the book on order now. . . I know – I’m behind. 🙂
In Walton-Raji’s episodes, I always find myself taking note of a whole slew of other things to read, listen to, or visit, and her tips about genealogical research are rich and helpful.
So if you’re looking for a way to learn more about African American history and genealogy, I highly recommend these two podcasts.
I’d love to hear your recommendations for other podcasts about African American history and genealogy in the comments below.