Department of History: Annual Low Lecture
Featuring Dr. Michelle Scott
The annual Low Lecture will feature Michelle R. Scott, professor of history and affiliate faculty in GW+SS, LLC, and Africana Studies at UMBC, who will speak on T.O.B.A. Time: Black Show Business and the Theater Owners Booking Association in 1920s America.
This talk centers on Michelle Scott’s new monograph, T.O.B.A. Time: Black Vaudeville and the Theater Owners Booking Association in Jazz Age America. T.O.B.A. Time is intriguing account of black entertainment and black business during the 1920 and 30s. It details origins of artists and entrepreneurs like S.H. Dudley, Bessie Smith, Butterbeans & Susie, and Cab Calloway, and the theater circuit that made them famous in segregated America.
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Center for Social Science Scholarship