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I Hear My People Singing shines a light on a small but historic black neighborhood at the heart of one of the most elite and internationally renowned Ivy League towns—Princeton, New Jersey.

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I Hear My People Singing shines a light on a small but historic black neighborhood at the heart of one of the most elite and internationally renowned Ivy League towns—Princeton, New Jersey. The vivid first-person accounts of more than fifty black residents detail aspects of African American life throughout the twentieth century. Their stories show that the roots of Princeton's black community are as deeply intertwined with the town and university as they are with the history of the United States, the legacies of slavery, and the nation's current conversations on race.

Based on an oral history collaboration with residents of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood and Princeton undergraduates and their professor, Kathryn Watterson, the book features African American residents' candid views about Jim Crow segregation, the mixed blessings of school integration, World Wars I and II, and civil rights struggles. I Hear My People Singing personalizes the struggles and injustices faced by generations of black Princetonians and highlights their remarkable achievements.

"An extraordinary and most necessary book, I Hear My People Singing recasts American history as a whole by presenting in their own words the full lives of black Princetonians, lives forged within the utterly everyday Americanness of enslavement, segregation, and insult." ---Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People

"I Hear My People Singing stands alone in its telling of stories untold, stories essential to understanding the unwritten history of America. At this moment in time, this beautiful book is essential reading." ---Emily Mann, Artistic Director, McCarter Theatre

"I Hear My People Singing adds to the growing collection of studies and memoirs of African Americans around elite white colleges and universities. This book reflects on the progressive racial integration of Princeton over the past half century." ---David Moltke-Hansen, former president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

I Hear My People Singing

Voices of African American Princeton

Author Kathryn Watterson

Narrated by Allyson Johnson

Publication date May 9, 2017

Running time 12 hrs 1 min

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