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Two Sides of the African American Experience

Journalist Sylvester Monroe grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes public housing project on Chicago's South Side; he was later accepted into a private prep school and, eventually, Harvard. Drawing on these experiences, Monroe wrote for Newsweek about the underreported experience of poor black men in the United States. He has expanded that work into a book, called Brothers.


Other segments from the episode on November 21, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, November 21, 1988: Interview with Sylvester Monroe; Review of Dreamland Syncopator's album "Territory Jazz"; Interview with Jane Ira Bloom; Review of the television show …


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