A Video Vault of Black Excellence

From Barack Obama, to Whoopi Goldberg, to Quincy Jones, the HistoryMakers collects the untold stories of Black icons and leaders.

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Episode Notes

Whoopi Goldberg’s early views, Barack Obama’s youthful indiscretions, Diahann Carroll’s big break. Those stories and thousands more have been preserved by the HistoryMakers, a video archive of notable African Americans. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson speaks with the founder and president of the HistoryMakers, Julieanna Richardson, about the project’s mission, and the urgency of preserving Black history during the COVID crisis.

Guest: Julieanna Richardson, founder and president of the HistoryMakers

Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis

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America doesn’t need another conversation about race. At least, not the kind we’ve been having … the ones that are sparked by a crisis and move quickly from shock to empty promises to forgetting. No. What America needs are REAL conversations about race—ones that shine a light on the facts, the history, and the reality of how race plays out in our politics and society. That’s what Slate offers each week on A Word … with Jason Johnson. A veteran political commentator, Johnson will bring his incisive wit to thoughtful discussions with leaders, journalists, and other change-makers who will tell the truth about America’s challenges around race and offer ideas on the way forward.

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