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...

Race
2016 Election

Race & the Race to the White House forum

A spirited discussion about race and politics, from the election of America’s first black president to the current 2016 election.

Muhammad Ali Ronald Reagan
Democrats

When Muhammad Ali Endorsed Ronald Reagan

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2016 Election

Transgender people have always used public bathrooms & other truths.

A clip of my appearance on Am Joy with Joy Ann Reid. This was a spirited debate about transgender people, public restrooms and conservatives.

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.