This is part 2 of our conversation with Dr. Thomas J. Durant. Please also listen to Part 1 of our discussion.
DR. THOMAS J. DURANT, JR. is currently Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University, Retired Professor of Urban Higher Education at Jackson State University, and Deacon of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, LA. He is a former Director of African and African American Studies at Louisiana State University. His teaching and research interests include southern culture, social inequality, criminology, gerontology, and international studies. He is an author, entrepreneur, scholar, speaker, and community volunteer. He is the author of “A View from the Inside…Thirty-Six Years of Desegregation” (DPC Publishing Company & Aventine Press, 2015), “Our Roots Run Deep: A History of The River Road African American Museum” (Donning Company Publishers, 2002), and co-author of “A Stone of Hope: Rising above Slavery, Jim Crow, and Poverty In Glendora, Mississippi,” “A History of the Charity Hospitals of Louisiana: A Study of Poverty, Politics, Public Health and the Public Interest” (Mellen Press, 2010), and “Plantation Society and Race Relations: The Origins of Inequality” (Praeger 1999).