Peniel Joseph

Peniel Joseph appears in the following:

The Ideological Differences Between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X

Thursday, February 15, 2024

While history looks back on Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X as revolutionary figures, their ideological roots led them to pursue different visions for Black liberation.

The Civil Rights Movement's Unfinished Business

Monday, January 16, 2023

What was accomplished during the civil rights movement as well as the inequality that remained unaddressed.

Today's Reconstruction

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Historian Peniel Joseph of UT-Austin on his new book, The Third Reconstruction: America's Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century.

Race and the Pandemic

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

How should we think about the inequities playing out in the COVID-19 pandemic? Look to the long history of the civil rights movement.

A French Victory or a Win For Immigrants?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Peniel Joseph explains why he thinks France's World Cup win is a victory for Africa and immigrants everywhere.

The Brian Lehrer Show Live

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Join Brian Lehrer for conversations with Ben Smith, Katie Couric, Jeff Weaver, Peniel Joseph and Raymond Brown. He'll be taking questions from callers and the audience. 

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The Eights | Racial Tension in 1968

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A look at the progress and backlash associated with the civil rights movement in 1968 and how those factors contributed to the election of President Richard Nixon. 


A Shifting Mission at the NAACP

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The rise of Black Lives Matter and the demands of a younger generation is forcing the 108-year-old organization to re-examine its mission.

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30 Issues | A History of Politicians Talking About Race in America

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Do Republicans and Democrats have their own ways of addressing race in presidential campaigns?


Baltimore's Feedback Loop

Friday, May 01, 2015

The protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray evoke uprisings of the '60s, reminding us that the problems driving people to the streets today have profound historical roots. 

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"By Any Means Necessary:" Malcolm X, 50 Years Later

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination in Harlem. Fairfield University's Dr. Yohuru Williams and Tufts' Dr. Peniel Joseph reflect on that day and his legacy.

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How Black Lives Have Always Mattered: A Reading List

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Recent history books show the contradictions of a nation founded on racial slavery that became both a beacon for radical hope and a defender of segregation and economic injustice.


'Selma' Backlash Misses The Point

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Ava DuVernay's Selma is a cinematic masterpiece that depicts one of the most important episodes in civil rights history. The film presents history as a kaleidoscope, documenting the roiling Selma-to-Montgomery demonstrations that turned Alabama into a national symbol of racial violence and injustice in 1965. Many movie critics have enthusiastically ...


Ferguson in Context

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A look at the protests from Ferguson, plus the history of protests in the United States and how those in Ferguson may be deviating. 

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Remembering the Harlem Riot of 1964

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

50 years ago, riots in Harlem and Bed-Stuy spread throughout the country. Listeners join former New York Governor David Paterson and historian Peniel Joseph to discuss the riots and their legacy.

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Freedom Summer In The First Person

Monday, June 23, 2014

In June of 1964, volunteers set out to register voters in Mississippi. Their work would help change the nation. A conversation about the legacy of Freedom Summer, and what it means ha...

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Stokely Carmichael's Life

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

In his new biography, Stokely: A Life, Peniel Joseph traces Carmichael’s life and what it says about the struggles for black power.

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The 50th Anniversary of Johnson's War On Poverty

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Peniel Joseph, professor of history, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, and author, discusses poverty today, 50 years after President Johnson famously declared a "war on poverty" in America.


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Where Were You When You Heard JFK Was Shot?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Where were you fifty years ago today? How did you change after the assassination of John F. Kennedy? How did you see our country change?

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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fifty years ago today, hundreds of thousands gathered on the Mall in Washington, DC to call for increased civil rights for African-Americans. Peniel Joseph, professor of history and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, and author of Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama, reflects upon the March on Washington and Dr Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

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