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Finding Inspiration in Black History: Radicals and the Thirst for Literacy

Recorded on July 15, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Our national history is replete with societal leaders - radicals - who, due to lack of a formal education, have often been dismissed as not being "intellectual." Yet, particularly in the realm of black history, such leaders, who may have rightfully been judged as unlikely to make any serious contribution to mankind, have ascended from the most restricted of personal situations to platforms that made large contributions to our society possible. How? Dr. Allen posits and convincingly argues that a basic thirst for literacy and greedy consumption of knowledge is a singular link to achieving these amazing transformations.