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African-American Experience in Vermont

01/21/08 12:00PM By Mitch Wertlieb
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African-Americans make up less than one-percent of Vermont's population. According to U.S Census data, it's a figure that's been stagnant for decades, while the state's Hispanic and Asian populations have been growing. In such a small state, and with such a homogenous population, what is the experience of being an African-American like today, and how has it changed? We talk with Willi Coleman, former University of Vermont history professor, former director of the school's ethnic diversity program, and former vice provost for University multicultural affairs. And we hear from current UVM History Professor Harvey Amani Whitfield.

Also, from 1909 until 1913, the 10th Cavalry Regiment made up of African-American enlisted men and white officers, was stationed at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester, Vermont. The 10th was one of four regiments made up of African-American soldiers known as "buffalo soldiers." We talk with author and historian, Frank Schubert, about their accomplishments.

And, we return to Willi Coleman to hear a commentary on the significance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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Hear the interview with Willi Coleman and Amani Whitfield Vermont Buffalo Soldiers Hear the interview with Frank Shubert on the role of the "Buffalo Soldiers"
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