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The Literary Foundation Of Black Lives Matter

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The Black Lives Matter movement was birthed by a hashtag just a few years ago. The call for equality and dignity, however, dates back much further. Johns Hopkins University philosopher Christopher J. Lebron joins us to walk through the history of American black intellectual thought — from Frederick Douglass and Langston Hughes to Zora Neal Hurston and James Baldwin. Lebron is the winner of this year’s Hiett Prize from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, and author most recently of “The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of an Idea” (Oxford University Press).