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Daina Ramey Berry curates Black History Month series for A+E Network's Biography

Thu, February 1, 2018
Daina Ramey Berry curates Black History Month series for A+E Network's Biography
Prof. Berry. Photos by Shayne James.

This month, Associate Professor of History Daina Ramey Berry was invited to curate a series for A&E Television Network’s Biography in honor Black History Month. Dr. Berry, who became a member of “Team History,” an advisory board for HISTORY (A+E Network) in 2018, spoke with the National Museum of African American History and Culture and asked them to share some of the most remarkable stories of important African-American figures.

The NMAAHC in Washington, D.C., is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. The Museum’s nearly 40,000 objects help all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped by a people’s journey and a nation’s story.

Read Dr. Berry's essays and articles in this remarkable series at:

Dr. Berry is an Associate Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies and the Oliver H. Radkey Fellow in American History at the University of Texas at Austin. She the author of Swing the Sickle for the Harvest is Ripe: Gender and Slavery in Antebellum Georgia (Illinois, 2007). She is also an award-winning editor of Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia (ABC-Clio, 2012) and Slavery and Freedom in Savannah (UGA, 2014). In addition to her written and editorial work, Berry has appeared on several syndicated radio and television shows including Who Do You Think You Are?, The Tavis Smiley Show, C-SPAN’s Book TV, and NPR’s The Takeaway. She is an advocate for public history and served as one of the technical advisors for the remake of Roots the mini-series (A+E and History, 2016). Her scholarship has been supported by: the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Association of University Women, the Ford Foundation, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Her work has been, featured in The New York Times and her recent book, The Price for their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to the Grave, in the Building of a Nation (Beacon Press) received favorable reviews in The Boston Globe, The Washington Post as well as Essence, Crisis, and Vibe Magazines.

Read more about Professor Berry's work and publications on her home page, and History faculty profile page.

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