Albert Murray, Essayist Who Challenged the Conventional, Dies at 97 – NYTimes.com

Albert Murray, Essayist Who Challenged the Conventional, Dies at 97 - NYTimes.com

Mr. Murray insisted that integration was necessary, inescapable and the only path forward for the United States. And to those — blacks and whites alike — who would have isolated “black culture” from the American mainstream, he answered that it couldn’t be done. To him the currents of the black experience — expressed in language and music and rooted in slavery — run through American culture, blending with European and Native American traditions and helping to give American culture its very shape and sound.

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