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Book Interview: "Not Straight, Not White" A History On Black Gay Men

U of I News Bureau
author and U of I professor, Kevin Mumford
Credit uncpress.unc.edu

Traditional accounts of American history are sorely missing first-person narratives and retellings of stories belonging to gay, black men. So says Kevin Mumford, director of graduate studies and professor of history at the U of I at Urbana-Champaign. 

Mumford's new book sets to change that and supplement with new information he uncovered when it comes to people like himself, a gay black man. It's called, Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis. Mumford joined us for this conversation about it:

A description of the book, per the publisher - The University of North Carolina Press:

This compelling book recounts the history of black gay men from the 1950s to the 1990s, tracing how the major movements of the times—from civil rights to black power to gay liberation to AIDS activism—helped shape the cultural stigmas that surrounded race and homosexuality.

CLICK HEREfor more information about the book.

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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