One of America’s Most Popular Indoor Pastimes

Over time, The Tonight Show
hosts—Johnny Carson, Jay
Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy
Fallon—have become
household names, their
self-titled programs popping
up in TV guides and while
channel surfing. But the
tradition of titling the show
after the host began with one
man: Jack Paar.

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The Ground on Which He Stood

Playwright August Wilson stood before an audience at the Theatre
Communications Group National Conference (June 1996) and declared: “I am what is known, at least among the followers and supporters of the
ideas of Marcus Garvey, as a ‘race man.’ That is simply that I believe that race matters—that it is the largest, most identifiable and most important part of our personality.”

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