Dr. Leah Wright-Rigueur

Historian, Author & Political Scholar

Historian, Author & Political Scholar

The Forgotten History of Black Republicans

There is a fascinating Saturday Night Live sketch from 1980, a piece almost entirely forgotten by most viewers of the NBC comedy show. The sketch survives in the pop culture arena only because it features the SNL debut of comedian Eddie Murphy.

In the SNL piece, a Jim Fowler–type zoologist braves the “savage” landscape of a tony Manhattan cocktail party in search of an elusive subject: the Negro Republican.

Some of my writing, interviews and lectures...

Trump Racist
2016 Election

Donald Trump’s “black outreach” provides moral cover to white voters.

Hillary Clinton’s remarks linking Donald Trump to the alt-right come at a time when he’s been attempting to broaden his support among black voters. While some of …

trump black voters
2016 Election

Donald Trump is pretending to engage the Black community.

Donald Trump is continuing to struggle with minority voters. Is there any hope for him to win support as the general election approaches? I was …

Eleanor Roosevelt
2016 Election

Eleanor Roosevelt & why black Voters left the GOP.

NPR’s Robert Siegel talks with historian Leah Wright Rigueur, whose book, The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power, explores …

Some of my most popular Posts...

When Muhammad Ali Endorsed Ronald Reagan.

The complexity of the legendary champion’s public life.

What’s The Deal With Black Republicans?

Much of my research happened in the Schomburg so it feels like I'm
coming full circle.

Why would a black person want to be republican?

The relationship between the GOP and black voters has shifted from supportive to downright icy over the past 100 years.

Why doesn’t Bernie resonate with black voters?

In a campaign with candidates like Donald Trump & Ben Carson, a Sanders candidacy fits right in.

Race-Baiting for the Presidency.

Fanning the fires of racial division has long been an effective campaign strategy.

5 Ways Jackie Robinson was different from Modern Republicans.

Few people know about his work within the GOP.

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