Interview: As Family Griotte, Bettye Kearse Tells the Story of "The Other Madisons"

Dec 8, 2020

Credit Photo by Eduardo Montes Bradley

The oral history of any group of people is a rare and precious thing and for African Americans, it is often the only link to the past and the ancestors. In her book, The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family, Bettye Kearse assumes her role as griotte and tells her family’s story. She spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper about her research.