Canton, an associate professor of history who specializes in 20th century American social history and the civil rights movement, taught the lesson Oct. 8. It is part of his course, “African American History 1865-Present,” which examines the development of the African American community since the end of slavery and the political, social and economic impact of racism, sexism and classism.
Canton’s lecture takes viewers beyond what is written in the history books to help history buffs and everyday citizens understand the complex challenges faced by African Americans during the “Roaring '20s” and outlines the strategies they developed to confront the rampant racism of the time.
“All textbooks mention W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey, but my lecture introduces Hubert Harrison and Grace Campbell, two black radicals,” Canton says. “African American leadership is not monolithic, it is dynamic and complex.”