The celebrated African American writer John O. Killens believed that black writers have a responsibility to their community and exhorted them to write fiction that exposed the racist treatment of black people in America. The women in Brown Girl, Brownstones, the groundbreaking novel by McArthur Genius awardee Paule Marshall, speak of using their voices as weapons against racial injustice. Should black writers in these times, post-Obama, heed the urgings of Killens and the women in Marshall’s novel? Pointing to the pervasiveness of systemic racism in America, Ta Nehisi Coates also argues that a reckoning is required. Our panel asks the question: Should literature by black writers demand this reckoning? Hear from authors Kaitlyn Greenidge, Bernice McFadden, Garnette Cadogan, and Quincy Troupe in a panel discussion moderated by novelist and Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, Elizabeth Nunez.
February 27th @ 6:30 PMBrooklyn Historical Society 128 Pierrepont St. (at the corner of Clinton St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11201