To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death
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Suzanne E. Smith, Professor of History
and Art History at George Mason
University will discuss her latest
Serve the Living: Funeral Directors
and the African American Way of
Death." The book discusses the
role African American funeral
directors have had in African American
society and culture.
During the Jim Crow era, black funeral directors relied on racial segregation to secure their foothold in America’s capitalist marketplace. With the dawning of the Civil Rights Movement, these entrepreneurs were drawn into the movement to integrate American society, but were uncertain how racial integration would affect their business success.
Lecture will be held in the Black Studies Division, Room 311. For more information, call 202-727-1261.