Robin, a Black man with curly black hair, brown eyes, and a salt and pepper beard, gazes at the camera from his seat at a piano bench. He wears a suit with a cream-colored tie and a small gold hoop earring.

Robin D. G. Kelley is the Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA. His books include, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original; Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination; and Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America. He is completing two books, Black Bodies Swinging: An American Postmortem and The Education of Ms. Grace Halsell: An Intimate History of the American Century (both forthcoming Metropolitan Books). His essays have appeared in several anthologies and publications, including The Nation, New York Times, and The Boston Review, for which he also serves as Contributing Editor.


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