Tanisha Ford | Our Secret Society: Mollie Moon and the Glamour, Money, and Power Behind the Civil Rights Movement

Recorded Nov 8, 2023
Direct Download: 20231108-tanisha.mp3

In conversation with Marc Lamont Hill

Tanisha Ford’s Our Secret Society is a biography of Mollie Moon, the socialite, powerbroker, and founder of the National Urban League Guild, who was a key fundraiser for the Civil Rights Movement. It also serves as a social history and who’s who of Black Americans from the 1930s through the 1960s, as Moon moved in New York and Harlem society circles that included the likes of Lorraine Hansberry and Langston Hughes. A history professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY and a former Smithsonian research associate at the National Museum of American History, Ford was named to The Root’s 2019 list of the “100 Most Influential African Americans.” Her other books include Dressed in Dreams, Kwame Brathwaite, and Liberated Threads, which was awarded the 2016 Organization of American Historians’ Liberty Legacy Foundation Award.

The Steve Charles Chair in Media, Cities and Solutions at Temple University, Marc Lamont Hill is the host of BET News and the Coffee and Books podcast. The recipient of honors from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, he is the author of six books, including Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom LifeNobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond; and Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics.

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