WESM 91.3 FM will be presenting a new weekly half-hour talk/interview radio program called "UMES 30" starting Sunday, December 2 beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The program will feature guests from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, as well as the local community and from around the country speaking on a wide variety of topics.
The show's host is Dr. Joshua K. Wright, a tenured associate professor of history and a coordinator of the Social Studies Teacher Education program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
He is the author of Empire and Black Images in Pop Culture (McFarland & Company, Inc., 2018) and served as a contributor for Abernathy magazine from 2016-2018. He has previously published book chapters, academic journal articles, and newspaper op-eds on race, gender, sports, and popular culture. Dr. Wright is a co-editor for 2019 special issues of The Journal of Hip Hop Studies and a 2019 special issue on black popular culture for Africology: Journal of Pan African Studies.
Dr. Wright has been interviewed by news affiliates of CBS, FOX, and NPR and spoken on panels at the Congressional Black Caucus annual meeting on topics ranging from Nelson Mandela and the Confederate Flag to black images in the media.
Dr. Wright received his Ph.D. in history from Howard University and a Master’s from George Washington University.
In 2013 he was among 30 faculty selected nationally to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., on African American Struggles for Freedom and Civil Rights at Harvard University.
He is currently assisting in the creation of a digital museum which will archive records for the Virginia Interscholastic Association (VIA), the governing body overseeing athletic competitions and other non-academic activities for the segregated black high schools in southern Virginia from 1954-1969.