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In Black America Podcast: A Talk With Janet Cheatman Bell

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Janet Cheatman Bell

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Janet Cheatham Bell, author, editor and publishing consultant.

After graduating from Indiana University in 1964, Bell began her professional career as a high school librarian in Saginaw, Michigan. In early 1968 she accepted a position at the Ohio University Library in Athens. A few months later, in the wake of student responses to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, the university recruited her to teach freshman composition and African American literature.

Her latest book entitled ‘Not All Poor People Are Black: and Other Things We Need To Think About’ is a collection of essays about identifying and using the power we have as members of the American body politic to work together for our common good.

The essays also emphasize our mutual dependency and cover a range of topics from personal and spiritual development to issues that impact our interactions with one another in the public sphere: the environment, economics, entertainment, mass transit, politics, and race relations.