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Dr. James Peterson is an MSNBC contributor and Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. While discussing the role of black intellectuals in public discourse, Peterson recently spoke about a February article in the New York Times, a piece by Dr. Eddie Glaude entitled “Black Intellectuals Have Sold Their Souls,” and addressed his own record as more than just a pundit for the 24-hr news cycle. He stated that his own status as on MSNBC should not obscure his work in the community.

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Dr. Farah Griffin is an author, scholar, activist and artist. The Harvard graduate is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University, and she has published a wide range of literary works, including If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday, Stranger in the Village: Two Centuries of African American Travel Writing and many more.

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