The example of W.E.B. Dubois looms large for me because he was both a straight ahead scholar, and also someone truly dedicated to changing the world through public engagement. While I disagree with some of Dubois' politics, I too seek to contribute and change the world through engaging with the public broadly considered. I've done this in a variety of outlets, but can be heard most regularly on the Marc Steiner Show, and on NPR's Tell Me More with Michele Martin. I've written for The Urbanite, for Salon, for The Grio, and for other online publications, as well as for the Washington Post and the St. Louis Post Dispatch, among others. I've also appeared on The Real News Network and the Melissa Harris-Perry Show, as well as The Colbert Report. Select Media Work: Spence appearances on The Marc Steiner Show Marc Steiner Archive   National Public Radio Archive

Is Obama becoming the President Blacks Wanted?

Tweet On Thursday July 18, David Greene of NPR’s Morning Edition interviewed me for about a half hour or so on the shift in President Obama’s rhetoric on race and racism. Although I haven’t performed the “for real for real” type of analysis to definitively show that a shift has occurred, it’s worth comparing. Here’s the commencement address...