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Scholar and Activist Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Scholar and activist Henry Louis Gates, Jr. He's Professor of English and Chairman of Afro-American Studies at Harvard and one of Afro-American studies most visible and controversial proponents. Gates believes that Black studies should be a methodology, not an ideology, and that you don't have to be black to teach African-American literature. He defended the rap group 2 Live Crew in court in Florida testifying that the group was "parodying stereotypes of blacks, following the old African-American tradition of 'signifying,' or humorous put-downs." Gates has a new memoir of his early years, "Colored People," (Knopf).


Other segments from the episode on June 1, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, June 1, 1994: Interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Interview with Beck; Review of the television show "Unplugged."


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