What the Black Intellectual Tradition Can Teach Us About Democracy
New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie and political scientist Melvin Rogers, author of The Darkened Light of Faith: Race, Democracy, and Freedom in African American Political Thought, explore the ways key African American intellectuals and artists—from David Walker, Frederick Douglass, and W.E.B. Du Bois to Billie Holiday and James Baldwin—reimagined U.S. democracy. Thomas Donnelly, chief content officer at the National Constitution Center, moderates.
Jamelle Bouie is an opinion columnist for the New York Times, where he covers history and politics. A former political analyst for CBS News, he previously served as chief political correspondent for Slate magazine and staff writer at The Daily Beast.
Melvin Rogers is professor of political science and associate director of the Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Brown University. He is the author of The Undiscovered Dewey: Religion, Morality, and the Ethos of Democracy, coeditor of African American Political Thought: A Collected History, and editor of John Dewey’s The Public and Its Problems. His recent book is The Darkened Light of Faith: Race, Democracy, and Freedom in African American Political Thought.