Dr. James is the 2019 recipient of the Society’s Kenneth Rothman Career Accomplishment Award.
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The 102nd Alumni Weekend Celebration
May 2-5, 2019
October 18, 2019
Fellow Talladegans and friends,
Shortly after my graduation from Talladega College I invited friends over to socialize and listen to the eponymous album “The Last Poets.” If you are not familiar with the recording it was the protest album of the time, delivered in language that was a precursor of current rap. In the middle of a song “(N-word) are Afraid of Revolution” my aunt came in and unplugged the stereo. She said that she never felt the need to censure what I read or listened to, that she always hoped that my choices would reflect the values and morals of our home. This music, she said, does not reflect our values and you disrespect me and your friends by playing it here. You owe your friends, your uncle and me an apology.
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