The C.O.W.S. w/ Dr. Karen Swallow Prior (I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings)

Thursday, September 4th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific



The Context of White Supremacy welcomes Dr. Karen Swallow Prior. Dr. Prior earned her Ph. D. and M. A. at the State University of New York at Buffalo and her B. A. at Daemen College. She’s a professor of English at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia; Prior is a member of Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States. Gus stated repeatedly that he would be interested in hearing how White professors teach on Dr. Maya Angelou’s iconic autobiographical novel, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. A listener informed Gus of Dr. Prior’s essay on this text – What Maya Angelou Means When She Says ‘Shakespeare Must Be a Black Girl’. We were originally scheduled to do this program a week earlier, but the death of Michael Brown, Jr. and the events in Ferguson disrupted the timing. As it turns out, Dr. Prior has been encouraging people to read Caged Bird to get a better understanding of what’s happening in Missouri. We’re interested to hear what she thinks this book can teach us about Racism (White Supremacy) and why it is so popular amongst Whites.

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