Event: Talks at the Schomburg: Who is Afraid of Ben Carson?
Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Historian Leah Wright Rigueur explores the landscape of black conservatism through the prism of Ben Carson with Professor Jelani Cobb. Rigeur’s first book, The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power,covers more than four decades of American political and social history, and examines the ideas and actions of black Republican activists, officials and politicians-from the era of the New Deal to Ronald Reagan’s presidential ascent in 1980. Her work provides a new understanding of the interaction between African Americans and the Republican Party, and the seemingly incongruous intersection of civil rights and American conservatism. A book signing with both speakers will follow.