This was the culmination of a struggle begun in the 1960s by the NAACP. Professor Robinson researched the history of Aunt Jemima, and of Edith Wilson, the actress who portrayed the character (and who was related to the model for Harriet Beecher Stowe's character Eliza). Wilson convinced Robinson that there was nothing degrading about the Aunt Jemima role, and that African American women's culinary prowess should be a source of pride.
Host(s): Frieda Werden Featured Speakers/Guests: Historian Dr. Beverly Robinson (1945-2002), Professor of Theater, Film and Television, Univ. of California at Los Angeles
Credits: Recorded by Jude McGee in 1994. Edited and updated to 2020 by Frieda Werden.
Comments: N-word, which appears in product descriptions, has been bleeped in this version.
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