Future Perfect
Future Perfect
Aug 19, 2020
What MLK and Malcolm X would do today
1 hr 15 min

Co-host Sean Illing talks to Peniel Joseph, a University of Texas at Austin historian of Black Power movements

Relevant resources: 

The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. by Peniel Joseph

Featuring:

Peniel Joseph, a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin

Host:

Sean Illing (@seanilling), interviews writer, Vox

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Producer/Editor: Jackson Bierfeldt

Editor: Elbert Ventura

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