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Me with Mr. Hayes

Feature Story Profile in Baltimore City Paper

Dr. Floyd W. Hayes

By Khari Dawson

“HISTORY BOOKS ARE WRITTEN in the interest of white people,” says Dr. Floyd W. Hayes, “consequently, the African experience is distorted.”

Hayes is a retired coordinator of undergraduate studies and the senior lecturer at the Center for Africana Studies at John Hopkins University, and also a recently retired powerlifter.

When I met Hayes on a Tuesday in August, his voice filled the room, which didn’t look like it took much effort for him to do. He is a round, brown-skinned man with a white scruffy beard, and he’s boisterous and talkative.

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