Book Discussion on Letters from Black America

Pamela Newkirk presented the book she edited, Letters from Black America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; February 3, 2009). It is a history of… read more

Pamela Newkirk presented the book she edited, Letters from Black America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; February 3, 2009). It is a history of African-American men and women through their personal correspondences. The letters span three hundred years, from Benjamin Banneker’s letter to then Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson in 1791 protesting slavery to a series of notes between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Correta Scott King in the 1950s and a letter from Alice Walker to Barack Obama the day following his election to the presidency. Lee Kirk and Joshua Xavier read a selection of the letters. Ms. Newkirk talked about the letter and the process of collecting them. She responded to questions from members of the audience. 

This event was held by New York University’s College of Arts and Science on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at 5 p.m. in

New York University’s Silver Center, in Jurow Hall. close

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Jul 3, 2009
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