The Fire Next Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race
Where: The Strand
212-473-1452 Price: Admission & Signed Copy grants you admission for one, plus one signed copy of the book. Admission & Gift Card grants you admission for one, plus one $15 Strand gift card to be used at any time on any product.
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In light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, The Progressive magazine republished one of its most famous pieces: James Baldwin’s 1962 “Letter to My Nephew,” which was later published in his landmark book, The Fire Next Time. Addressing his fifteen-year-old namesake on the one hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Baldwin wrote: “You know and I know, that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too soon.”
Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward knows that Baldwin’s words ring as true as ever today. In response, she has gathered short essays, memoir, and a few essential poems to engage the question of race in the United States. And she has turned to some of her generation’s most original thinkers and writers to give voice to their concerns. Join acclaimed authors Mitchell Jackson, Daniel Jose Older, Garnette Cadogan, and Emily Raboteau as they excavate the darkest corners of our history, wrestle with our current predicament, and envision a better future. Writer and activist Shaun King will be moderating the conversation.
Introductory remarks will be made by Elizabeth Howard, consultant to WOVEN, We Oppose Violence Everywhere Now, an organization founded on rejecting violence and identifying solutions to make the world safe.Buy tickets/get more info now