Benjamin R. Justesen – Forgotten Legacy: William McKinley, George Henry White, and the Struggle for Black Equality
American Presidents , Civil Rights / February 15, 2021

  February 15, 2021 – There has been no more noble fight in all of history than the one guaranteeing equal rights for formerly enslaved people. So how did America forget the Black congressman and a Civil War veteran president to ensure that all those Union soldiers hadn’t died in vain — and more importantly, that the words on those Reconstruction Era amendments to the Constitution guaranteeing rights to the freedmen, weren’t just ink on the page, laughed at by marauding lynch mobs? In this episode, we meet this overlooked odd couple with Benjamin R. Justesen who brings us Forgotten Legacy: William McKinley, George Henry White, and the Struggle for Black Equality. Justesen writes, “William McKinley’s role as a sincere friend and benefactor of African-Americans may be one of the best-kept secrets in American political history.” He also introduces us to the inspiring Congressman White, whose skill as an orator — and later as the founder of Whitesboro, New Jersey — is the stuff of legend. Ben Justesen is a former journalist, teacher, and U.S. Foreign Service Officer whose previous book is George Henry White: An Even Chance in the Race of Life.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:07:47…

Paige Bowers & David Montague: Overnight Code — The Life of Raye Montague
Uncategorized / February 8, 2021

  February 8, 2012 – The U.S. Navy builds modern marvels: 100,000-ton hunks of metal that glide across the ocean rather than sinking like rocks. But how do they do it? The short answer is “computers.” But it was Raye Montague who first designed a ship with that technology, doing so as a single mother during the height of the Cold War, and as a Black woman born into the segregated Little Rock of 1935. She literally let nothing stand in her way. We meet this inspirational trailblazer in Overnight Code: The Life of Raye Montague, the Woman Who Revolutionized Naval Engineering thanks Raye’s son, David R. Montague, and his co-author, Paige Bowers, who  previously stopped by to chat about her debut book The General’s Niece: The Little-Known de Gaulle Who Fought to Free Occupied France. You can enjoy that conversation in our archives wherever you’re listening now. Paige Bowers holds a master’s degree in modern European history and taught about French history and culture at Louisiana State University. David R. Montague earned a Ph.D. at Howard University and a BA at Morehouse College, both in Political Science, as well as an MA in Crime and Commerce at George Washington….