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Teaching A Brief History of Black Names, From Perlie to Latasha

A Brief History of Black Names, From Perlie to Latasha

Most people recognize there are first names given almost exclusively by Black Americans to their children—for example, Jamal and Latasha. This has become entertainment for comedians and a topic for social commentary. Many people have assumed these unique Black names are a current-day phenomenon. But my research shows that’s not really true.

Trevon Logan, Hazel C. Youngberg Distinguished Professor of Economics, The Ohio State University
The Conversation


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