Ricky Jones, University of Louisville
Ricky Jones is associate professor of pan-African studies at the University of Louisville. He is the author of two books, Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice, and Manhood in Black Greek-Letter Fraternities and What’s Wrong with Obamamania? Black America, Black Leadership and the Death of Political Imagination.
He is an honors graduate in political science from Morehouse College. He was only the second African American to receive a doctorate in political science from the University of Kentucky, where he specialized in political philosophy and comparative politics. Since 2002, he has written the Message to the People column in the
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Host Renee Shaw explores how a growing group of people in Kentucky believe that the state’s health problems are based on social, economic and racial issues that are in need of pioneering and innovative public policy. This special is a companion edition to the PBS documentary Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
Ricky Jones, chairman of Pan-African studies at the University of Louisville, discusses his book What’s Wrong with Obamamania? Black America, Black Leadership and the Death of Political Imagination, which takes a critical look at the rise of Barack Obama and what it means for black leadership today.