Season 1: Episode 2 – Dr. Margaret Burroughs: Heritage and History

 image of Dr. Margaret Burroughs' autobiography, Life With Margaret
Cover of my copy of Dr. Margaret Burroughs’ autobiography, Life With Margaret

“I am but one, but I am one; I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do—and what I ought to do, I will do.”

~Dr. Margaret Burroughs

In this episode, your host, the Professor, Dr. Crystal Moten discusses Dr. Margaret Burroughs, who lived from 1917 until 2010. Dr. Burroughs is well known in Chicago and in the museum sector for helping to found what is now known as the DuSable Museum of African American history. Dr. Burroughs wasn’t only a museum founder, she was also a poet, an artist, an art historian and in educator. In this episode, the Professor introduces you to Dr. Burroughs, focusing on the 1950s and 1960s. She talks about Dr. Burroughs’ dedication to Black History despite the repressive time in which she lived and examines what drove her to start the museum in 1961.

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Further Reading and Resources

  • Life with Margaret, The Official Autobiography of Dr. Margaret T.G. Burroughs by Dr. Margaret T. G. Burroughs
  • Black Public History in Chicago: Civil Rights Activism from World War II into the Cold War by Ian Rocksborough-Smith
  • The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies byTiffany Lethabo King
  • Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson by Shana Redmond

Go do some homework and tell me what you have learned!

Season 1: Episode 1

In this episode I introduce the Black HERstory 101 podcast, tell you a little bit about myself and provide you with an overview of the podcast. I also discuss the meaning behind “Inside the Circle” which is the Season 1 theme!

The Story: Who I am, why this podcast now, and the Season 1 theme

The Takeways: We have so much to learn about Black women’s history, what it’s about, how we study it and why it’s important.

The Homework: Subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already. Follow the podcast on Facebook and Twitter. Check outside Saidiya Hartman’s, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments