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.