Interview – Black Citymakers: How the Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America
Tune in at 8am CT tomorrow on KAZI 88.7 FM: One of W.E.B. DuBois greatest academic accomplishments was his sociological study published in 1899 of African Americans in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Negro. In Yale sociologist Marcus Anthony Hunter’s new book Black Citymakers, he traces the transformation of one of the neighborhoods immortalized by DuBois’s study, Black Seventh Ward.
In his book Hunter ” argues that black Philadelphians were by no means mere casualties of the large scale social and political changes that altered urban dynamics across the nation after World War II. Instead, Hunter shows that black Americans framed their own understandings of urban social change, forging dynamic inter- and intra-racial alliances that allowed them to shape their own migration from the old Black Seventh Ward to emergent black urban enclaves throughout Philadelphia. These Philadelphians were not victims forced from their homes – they were citymakers and agents of urban change.”