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Fifty years ago a radical black bookstore opened in Washington, DC. Called Drum and Spear, the bookstore was an educational and political center for black power activists through the mid-seventies, providing space for events as well as acting as a clearinghouse for Pan-African, civil rights, and black power literature as well as African arts and crafts. We speak with founders of the book store and talk about its lasting legacy in the region, including what that legacy means for today’s black bookstores.
It’s the 20th anniversary of the Kojo Nnamdi Show, and we are looking back and ahead at the people and places that shaped Washington. That includes the Drum & Spear Bookstore, where Kojo worked in his early years in DC.
Produced by Mark Gunnery
- Charlie Cobb Journalist; Author, "This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible"
- Judy Richardson Filmmaker; Former member, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); contributor & co-editor, "Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC"
- Joshua Clark Davis Assistant Professor of History, University of Baltimore, Author of "From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs"
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