Darryl Robertson, an undergraduate student at Queens College, majoring in History and Journalism. Robertson is a McNair Scholar who is a self-proclaimed hip-hop nerd and African-American history nerd. The soon-to-be-doctoral student and aspiring historian is especially interested in understanding how the Black Panther Party serviced black communities during the late-1960s. Follow the Mississippian on Twitter @darry_robertson and on IG at Bookhop.
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