Episode 10

Mrs. Chris Tanner Watkins - Black Man's Burden ch. 5 Discussion

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In this episode, Jean is joined by Mrs. Chris Tanner Watkins, a retiree of Utica Junior College and Hinds Community College-Utica with 38 years of experience, to discuss Chapter 5 of Black Man's Burden. In this engaging conversation, Mrs. Watkins shares insights on Chapter 5 of "The Black Man's Burden," focusing on William H. Holtzclaw's remarkable journey from Snow Hill, Alabama, to Utica, Mississippi. As Holtzclaw faced numerous challenges, such as broken bicycles, frosty nights, and encounters with various individuals along the Delta, Watkins highlights the perseverance and determination that defined Holtzclaw's character. The discussion delves into the complexities of racial attitudes during that time, revealing Holtzclaw's interactions with white plantation owners and their contrasting views on education for African Americans. Despite the obstacles, Holtzclaw's unwavering commitment and the inspiration drawn from his mentor, Booker T. Washington, paved the way for him to establish a school in Utica, leaving a lasting legacy that continues to impact the community.

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