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Watch “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story”

February 20, 2013

I generally like to think of Black history as I think of White history. For me, it is all American History. I am convinced that if we studied history properly there would be no need for a Black History month. But alas, we rarely do things concerning race and ethnicity properly in our country.  Thus, we segregate Black history from American history (how ironic).  Nevertheless, if you are one of those people who seem to be accutely aware of Black History during the month of February, I say to you: “Better one month than no month.”

And so, as we consider more deeply this month the historical circumstance and contribrutions that has been black people in America, I want to commend to you a moving documentary on life in Mississippi during the mid 20th century.  The documentary is called “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story.”  It retells the life of Booker Wright, a little known field hand who bacame a well-liked waiter and local entreprenuer in Greenwood MS.  But, who also became an almost incidental, if not accidental, voice of frustration and freedom for blacks in Mississippi. A powerful story, powerfully told is worth consideration regardless of the month. Being “black” history month only makes it more palatable for some.

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