About Our Guest

Phyllis Leffler received a B.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1966, an ?M.A .from The University of Sussex, England in 1967, and a ?Ph.D. from Ohio State University in1971.
Her fields of specialization include Public History, the History of University of Virginia,. and Oral history.

An abbreviated list of her diverse Publications include:

“Black Families and Fostering of Leadership,” Ethnicities, (2011)
“American Memory on the Abolition of the Slave Trade: Is There Common Ground in American Museums?” in Museum History Journal,( 2010).

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Program Transcript

Jan Paynter: Hello. I’m Jan Paynter and I want to welcome you again to our program Politics Matters. Today we are continuing with part two of our series on the origins of Civil Rights activism and the life committed to the pursuit of social justice as seen through the optic of the ambitious and inspiring oral history project Explorations in Black Leadership. And once again we’re very grateful to have as our guest Professor Phyllis Leffler, professor of History at the University of Virginia. Welcome back, Phyllis.

Phyllis Leffler: It’s a pleasure to be here.

Jan Paynter: Professor Leffler has just completed a book related to the Explorations in Black Leadership project which was co-directed with Julian Bond.

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