I had to think rather hard about puttting this here. In the end, the color and novelty is the real reason; black and white videos of the sixties tend to rule the day today. But also because,... I sure wouldn't mind if some students would get a little traction out of parodying George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Cleisthenes, Charlemagne, Saul. Better parodied than forgotten.
And a little bit because a 25 year old white teacher this fall told me that I and many like me aren't Black enough to be in the conversation about fixing urban education. ...Because I'm highly concerned about 50% graduation rates; yet grateful for the progress of late; and optimistic about the future. And because Bill Cosby is a pretty good hero.