This Day in Jewish History 1963: The White Jewish Father of African Studies Dies

Melville Herskovits didn’t buy the anthropomorphic theories that blacks were inferior. He went to Africa – and disproved the tenet that black Americans had no cultural past.

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On February 25, 1963, Melville Herskovits, the white, Jewish anthropologist who was the father of African studies in the U.S., died at the age of 67.