Emilie Raymond, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of History in the College of Humanities and Sciences, while being interviewed in New York for "Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me."

VCU history professor featured in Sammy Davis Jr. documentary airing on PBS

A new feature-length documentary, “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,” that debuted this week as part of PBS’ “American Masters” series, features Virginia Commonwealth University history professor Emilie Raymond, Ph.D., an expert on 20th-century American politics and culture and author of “Stars for Freedom: Hollywood, Black Celebrities, and the Civil Rights Movement.”

The documentary — which explores the legendary black, Jewish performer’s six-decade career and journey for identity amid the struggle for civil rights and racial progress — includes commentary by Raymond, alongside interviews with celebrities such as Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis and Kim Novak.

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