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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. revisits a conversation with Dr. Robert F. Jefferson Jr., associate professor of history at the University of New Mexico and author of Brothers in Valor: Battlefield Stories of the 89 African Americans Awarded the Medal of Honor.

Brothers in Valor is a history lesson on 89 men who were awarded the nation’s highest military award, the Congressional Medal of Honor.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents an encore discussion with Dr. Albert D. Chester, owner of New Town Pharmacy and founder and director of Capstone Institute, both located in Jacksonville, Fla.

Chester talks about training future health care workers, opening a pharmacy in the neighborhood his grandfather grew up in, and being the primary resource for all health care needs.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents an encore conversation with Selena Sage, publisher, inspirational speaker and author of Get Free: 7 Simple Steps to Free Your Mind & Live Your Dreams.

Born and raised in Austin, Sage graduated from the LBJ Science Academy (now LASA), and then went on to graduate from Northwestern University's Honors Program of Engineering and Management, with degrees in industrial engineering and business.

On this archived edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Ron Banks. The singer was a founding member of the Detroit vocal group The Dramatics, which formed in the mid-1960s and continued to play for avid audiences around the country for years.

Banks talks about growing up in Detroit, not signing with Motown Records, forming the soul group and what distinguishes them from other male vocal groups, and wanting to be a professional baseball player.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents an encore conversation with Corey Minor Smith, attorney; former Canton, Ohio, City Council member; motivational speaker; and author of #Driven.

Minor Smith talks candidly about her childhood, her path to becoming an attorney and how her family's struggles with mental illness inspired her to become a motivational speaker.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents a rebroadcast of a conversation with Robert Townsend, comedian, actor, film director/producer, writer and former cable network programming CEO. His projects include Hollywood Shuffle, The Meteor Man and The Five Heartbeats.

Townsend talks about growing up in Chicago, being an independent filmmaker, his first big movie break, working with Eddie Murphy and why he believes The Five Heartbeats is a classic film.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Laura W. Cheever, MD, a physician and the associate administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

On Feb. 7, we commemorated the annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the 15th Annual Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Salute To Excellence Awards presented by the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation held during Super Bowl LIV week.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents a panel discussion on the legacy and impact of historically black colleges and universities football. Featured on the program are former Miami Dolphins Larry Little and De’Lance Turner; Arthur McAfee, NFL senior vice president of player engagement; and Dr. Derrick E. White, associate professor of history and African American and Africana studies at the University of Kentucky. 

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Derrick E. White, associate professor of history and African American and Africana studies at the University of Kentucky and author of Blood, Sweat and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Regina E. Mason, international speaker, executive producer and author of The Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave, published by Oxford University Press, and Sean Durant, the producer and director of Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes.

The Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave is the first fugitive slave narrative in American history. 

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Juan Pablo Segura, co-founder of Washington, D.C.,-based Babyscripts. In recent years, as high rates of maternal mortality in this country have alarmed researchers, one statistic has been especially concerning. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-American mothers in this country die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents a conversation with the late George E. Curry, formerly editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine. Curry was a staunch champion of the black press until his death on Aug. 20, 2016. He was 69.

Curry talks about growing up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, working for Sports Illustrated, and his commitment to the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Newspaper Publishers Association and BET’s Lead Story.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Spencer Haywood, NBA/ABA legend and Hall-of-Famer.

Haywood will always be remembered as the person who opened the door for underclassmen college basketball players to leave college early to enter the NBA, thereby creating the "Spencer Haywood rule."

In celebration of Black History Month, In Black America presents an encore presentation of "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music," an extended interview with her that originally aired in March 1983.

The legendary singer, dancer, actress and Civil Rights activist died in 2010 after a career in film, television and theater that spanned 60 years.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Timothy M. George, medical director of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Center of Central Texas at Dell Children’s Medical Center and adjunct professor of cellular microbiology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. George died on November 10th, 2019. He was 59.

Dr. George talks about growing up in New York, attending medical school, his love of racecar driving, his commitment to healing children and his fascination with the human body.  

Image of William Ross and family courtesy of the Austin History Center

kYmberly Keeton harvested community interest to create Growing Your Roots: The Inaugural African American Genealogy Conference. And she has a perhaps surprising suggestion of where to start exploring family history.

Photographs from The Villager Newspaper, like this 1992 image of UT Austin basketball players Joanna Benton and Tony Watson with Neighborhood Longhorns Program participants, are on display at the Austin History Center until April 19.
AR-2001-002-B059, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Photographs from a local newspaper that has chronicled African American life in Austin for almost 50 years are on display at the Austin History Center for the next few months.

The exhibit, Our Community, Our Voice: Photographs from The Villager Newspaper, features images published in the weekly paper since it was founded by Tommy Wyatt in 1973.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Monique W. Morris, Ph.D., social justice scholar and author of Sing A Rhythm, Dance A Blues: Education for the Liberation of Black and Brown Girls published by The New Press. She’s also the founder and president of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the Honorable Mitch Landrieu, author, speaker, advisor and the former Mayor of New Orleans. This past fall, Mayor Landrieu released a report titled Divided by Design: Findings from the American South.

Landrieu talks about the 15 key insights; how southerners are impacted by race, equity, economic opportunity and violence; the importance of the study; and why diversity matters.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. pays tribute to the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. King would have turned 91 this week.

Featured on the program are the voices of former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, former President Barack Obama, and civil rights activist D'Army Bailey.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with J.C. Watts, co-founder and chairman of the Black News Channel, and Gray Wordlaw, its vice president of news and programming. 

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Cheryl Grace, Nielsen's senior vice president of Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement and co-creator of the 2019 Diverse Intelligence Series Report on African Americans.

At 47.8 million strong and a buying power that's on par with many nations' gross domestic products, African Americans continue to outpace spending nationally.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Glen Crawley, co-owner of ATX Heli Tours. Crawley and his partner, Kenny Garth, opened the helicopter tour company based in Pflugerville in 2017. 

Crawley talks about how his brother got him interested in flying, how he met Garth and started the company, the joys of giving tours of the city and the business' future plans.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Glenda Glover, international president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and president of Tennessee State University.

This past fall, local chapters, private donors and corporate matching dollars from across the globe helped the 111-year old service organization reach a $1 million fundraising goal.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Idopise Umana, a board-certified internal medicine physician who specializes in managing patients with acute and chronic illnesses and founder of The Wellness Institute, located in Suwanee, Ga.

Dr. Umana talks about wellness for the mind, suicides in the U.S., people who inspired her, her nonprofit and why she became a doctor.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Sherri Shepherd, actress, comedian, author, game show host and television personality. Shepherd is a multi-talented entertainer with exuberant charm and charisma. She’s probably best known for work as a co-host on The View from 2007 to 2014.

Shepherd talks growing up in Chicago, taking a leap of faith in becoming a comedian, working on The View, being a game show host and the movie Brian Banks.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Charles Whitaker, the newly appointed dean of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University.

Whitaker talks about his new appointment, working for Ebony magazine, why Medill is a leader in journalism education, and the lack of people of color in newsroom management.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Aldon D. Morris, the Leon Forrest professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University, author of The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology and president-elect of the American Sociological Association.

Morris talks about earning his Ph.D., African American sociologists and intellectuals, the new focus of the association and bringing the study of sociology to the streets of Chicago.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. concludes his conversation with Dr. Aldon D. Morris, the Leon Forrest professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University, author of The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology and president-elect of the American Sociological Association.

Morris talks about the American Sociological Association, growing up in Chicago, race issues, social inequality and social movements.

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