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Democracy Works: Black Politics Then And Now

As the South Carolina primary approaches, all eyes are on the African American vote. This week, Michael Berkman is taking over the interviewer's chair for a roundtable discussion on black politics with Ray Block and Candis Watts Smith, who are associate professors of African American studies and political science at Penn State.

Block is the author of "Losing Power: Americans and Racial Polarization in Tennessee Politics"Smith is the author of "Stay Woke: A People's Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter" and "Racial Stasis: The Millennial Generation and the Stagnation of Racial Attitudes in American Politics."

They discuss the history of black politics and how it's evolved in the years since the Civil Rights movement, how President Trump and the Democratic presidential candidates are received by African Americans, and how the Civil Rights movement and Black Lives Matter are informed by broader social and generational trends.  

Jenna Spinelle is the Communications Specialist for the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State. She is responsible for shaping all of the institute's external communication, including website content, social media, multimedia, and media outreach.