The most recent episode of Empire State Engagements features a conversation with Dr. Michael B. Boston of SUNY Brockport about his revisionist work on the business strategy of Booker T. Washington and his efforts to increase African-American entrepreneurship in New York City, the subject of Dr. Boston’s latest article for the academic journal New York History.
We discussed the importance of Washington’s business strategy, its application nationally, and the ways in which the National Negro Business League affected the growth of Black New York. Additionally, we discussed Dr. Boston’s works on African Americans in Western New York, including his scholarship on the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls, his work on the abolitionist Dr. P.H. Skinner, and his forthcoming monograph for SUNY Press, Blacks in Niagara Falls (2021).
View the entire episode here.
Empire State Engagements is a long-form interview program created and hosted by Dr. Robert Chiles. It features conversations with historians of all aspects of New York State. Visit www.empirestateengagements.com for a full list of episodes.
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