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Book Nook: Philip Payton: The Father of Black Harlem by Kevin McGruder

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Vick Mickunas' 2021 interview with Kevin McGruder

Kevin McGruder returned to the program to discuss his biography of Philip Payton. Payton was a real estate entrepreneur who was instrumental in changing the demographic profile of Harlem a century ago. If it wasn't for Payton's highly active role in the real estate market during that era the community could have been quite different. Payton died at a very young age as he was in the process of engineering his biggest real estate deal yet. One can only wonder what he might have accomplished if he had lived longer.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library, Clark County Public Library, Dayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

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Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.