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Racial Identity; Tribute to Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

In the first part of this week’s show, we continued our discussion of race in America with a look at the origins and implications of racial identity with Boston University Professors of History Ronald Richardson and Allison Blakely.

The son of one of the most popular film stars of the silent era, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was also a movie star as well as a decorated Navy officer, a public servant and a writer. Recently, an exhibit of his letters, photographs, manuscripts, articles, and other memorabilia opened at Boston University’s Mugar Memorial Library. In the second half of the show, we heard excerpts from the opening ceremony of this exhibit, including the speech given by Mrs. Douglas Fairbanks Jr.