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Imagine being Black in the 1700s and becoming a self-taught surveyor who played a pivotal role in planning the layout of our nation’s capitol and inventing a clock in 1753. In 1791 alone, Benjamin Banneker completed the survey of Washington, DC, published his first almanac and confronted one of the nation’s founders, Thomas Jefferson, about his doctrine of Black inferiority. Guest: Charles A. Cerami, former editor of the Kiplinger Washington Publications and author of Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Astronomer, Publisher, Patriot, explains that there was a lot more to Banneker than what is written in the history books.

Guests: Charles A. Cerami, former editor of the Kiplinger Washington Publications and author of Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Astronomer, Publisher, Patriot

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