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This edition: Ron Howell

Episode Details

Original tape date: September 17, 2018.

First aired: October 15, 2018.

You may not have heard of Bertram L. Baker. He was a West Indian immigrant who rose to become a Democratic party boss in Brooklyn, and in 1948 became the first black person to be elected to office from that borough, when he won a seat in the New York State Assembly.

Baker’s political savvy led to the election of black judges and other office holders, paving the way for the likes of current New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

Written by his grandson, journalist Ron Howell, “Boss of Black Brooklyn: The Life and Times of Bertram L. Baker,” is more than a biography of an accomplished though flawed man. It’s also the story of how West Indian immigrants changed the face of politics in New York City, about a much-maligned, but vibrant, Brooklyn neighborhood, Bedford Stuyvesant, and a moving family story about how Baker influenced those closest to him.
The book is published by Fordham University Press.

Guest List

Ron Howell Author, Boss of Black Brooklyn

  • Ron Howell
  • Saturday, October 20 - 8:00pm
  • Sunday, October 21 - 9:30am
  • Monday, October 22 - 8:00am, 2:00pm
  • Saturday, October 27 - 8:00pm
  • Monday, October 29 - 8:00am, 2:00pm
  • tba
  • Monday, October 29 - 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 31 - 11:30pm
  • Saturday, November 3 - 8:00pm
  • Sunday, November 4 - 9:30am
  • Monday, November 5 - 8:00am, 2:00pm
  • Saturday, November 10 - 8:00pm
  • Monday, November 12 - 8:00am, 2:00pm
  • tba
  • Monday, November 12 - 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 14 - 11:30pm
  • Ron Howell
  • Monday, October 15 - 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 17 - 11:30pm
  • Jeannie Park and Margaret Chin
  • Monday, October 1 - 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 3 - 11:30pm
  • Saturday, October 6 - 8:00pm
  • Sunday, October 7 - 9:30am
  • Monday, October 8 - 8:00am, 2:00pm
  • Saturday, October 13 - 8:00pm
  • Monday, October 15 - 8:00am, 2:00pm
  • Jane Isay
  • Wednesday, September 19 - 11:30pm
  • Saturday, September 22 - 8:00pm
  • Sunday, September 23 - 9:30am
  • Monday, September 24 - 8:00am, 2:00pm
  • Saturday, September 29 - 8:00pm
  • Monday, October 1 - 8:00am, 2:00pm