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Alan Lomax

Every culture, Alan Lomax believed, has a "right . . . to equal time on the air and equal time in classrooms." As director of the Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song and a radio and television host, Lomax introduced folksong from around the globe to popular audiences and promoted it among students and scholars.

Image: Alan Lomax (center, with his camera) at the 1979 Mississippi Delta Blues Festival in Greenville, Mississippi. Photo by Bill Ferris. Image courtesy of the William R. Ferris Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Audio: Houston Public Media