February 13, 2013
A Pulitzer Prize-winning author spoke about the importance of remembering America's history of treatment of different races, even though we live in an era with an African American president.
Douglas A. Blackmon is the chair of UVa's Miller Center Forum Program, a contributing editor at The Washington Post, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II.
Blackmon said remembering the terrible parts of the nation's past makes our triumphs greater because we overcame them.
"We need to focus on this and to be aware of the past so that we can design the country that we want to live in, the places that we want to live in," said Blackmon. "This country that I think most Americans agree we want...is one in which everybody really does have an equal shot...We can't create a country that's authentically that if we're not willing to be honest about the things that happened in the past."
The Senior Statesmen of Virginia held the event. They host a talk every month and record it as a Podcast.
If you would like to come to a talk or listen to Blackmon's talk online, visit the Senior Statesmen of Virginia's website.