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This week on The Learning Curve, Gerard and guest cohost Daiana Lambrecht, Senior Director of Parent Leadership and Advocacy at Rocketship Public Schools, interview Dr. Deborah Plant, editor of the 2018 book Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston. Dr. Plant discusses Hurston’s work as an anthropologist that told the story of one of the last survivors of the infamous Middle Passage. To mark Black History Month, she explores, through Hurston’s interviews with Oluale Kossola (Cudjo Lewis), the enslavement and displacement of native West Africans over 50 years after the slave trade was outlawed in the U.S. Dr. Plant discusses enslaved Africans striving for education, freedom, and community in the U.S., and the importance for American schoolchildren today learning about and remembering these stories. She closes the interview with a reading from Barracoon.

Stories of the Week

Black History Month: Jesse Owens


You will be changed, seeing this story. The great Jesse Owens was a champion in the Olympics and championed friendship with a competitor for a lifetime. And do not miss the afterword with little-seen pictures. (Two-minute read and video.)

The 1936 Olympics was held in Germany. Adolf Hitler was in power. To Hitler, the Olympics were to be a statement about the supremacy of the so-called Aryan race. Every other ethnicity was inferior. But Jesse Owens, of African ancestry, won four gold medals at the 1936 games. Owens beat some of Hitler’s greatest athletes.

Much could be said about Jesse Owens’s great skill as an athlete. But there is a deeper story, a human story, the friendship between Jesse Owens and Luz Long, a German long jumper. Long and Owens cemented a lifelong friendship in a matter of days. Wonderful pictures exist of Owens and Luz talking or walking together arm in arm. As Owens said of Long,

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2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the Congressional Medal of Honor (MOH). Over time, the Medal of Honor changed in its meaning, moving from the only United States military award to America’s most prestigious military award. To accommodate degrees of recognition, for accomplishment or merit, Congress and the military services added a variety of medals, […]

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Black History Month.  Some movie recommendations I’ve heard about from conservative thinkers.  I saw Uncle Tom and plan to watch the rest.  Enjoy. Uncle Tom – The film explores the personal journeys of America’s most misunderstood political and cultural groups:  The American Black Conservative Tomas Sowell:  Common Sense in a Senseless World – The story […]

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Black History the Way It Should Be Done


I just wanted to take the opportunity to share a podcast I started recording last year. Instead of woke historical revisionism, there are fascinating stories in black history that are worth telling. If there are any creative film production companies, they might even see some potential for great films that are different from the endless sequels and prequels.

Podcast: Colored Patriots of the American Revolution


I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing a podcast for some time now and I’ve finally got around to doing it. Apropos of Black History Month, I’m going back through a book I read years ago by William C. Nell called Colored Patriots of the American Revolution.

Nell is basically the reason we’re familiar with Crispus Attucks. He and several others asked the Massachusetts legislature to erect a monument to Attucks as an honor to the first martyr of the Revolution. The committee handling the petition said someone else, a boy, had died earlier so their claim wasn’t valid.

At this point, the mid-18th century, the story about Attucks had been nearly forgotten. Nell began an intensive research effort to interview survivors and relatives to compile a record of these black patriots for posterity. His book is the product of that research.