Books & Authors: Letters from Black America
Pamela Newkirk, Ruby Dee and Anthony Chisholm
The latest installment of Books & Authors brings editor Pamela Newkirk’s Letters from Black America: Intimate Portrait of the African American Experience to life. The evening features a dramatic reading by Tony Award Nominee and “Oz” star Anthony Chisholm and legendary actress and Academy Award nominee Ruby Dee.
First published as a hardcover in 2009, and reissued in a revised version as a paperback in 2011, Letters from Black America fills a literary and historical void by presenting the pantheon of African American experience in the most intimate way possible — through the heartfelt correspondence of the men and women who lived through monumental changes and pivotal events, from the 1700s to the twenty-first century, from slavery to the war in Iraq and the election of President Barack Obama. The first-ever narrative history of African Americans told through their own letters, this book includes the thoughts of politicians, writers, and entertainers, as well as those of slaves, servicemen, and domestic workers. From a slave who writes to his wife on the eve of being sold to famous documents like Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail," these writings illuminate struggles and triumphs, hardships and glory, in the unforgettable words of the participants themselves, Join Chisholm, Newkirk and Dee for what is sure to be a meaningful and memorable evening.
Admission is FREE. Seating is first come, first served. Please make sure to arrive early as your RSVP does not guarantee you a confirmed seat.
Letters from Black America: Intimate Portrait of the African American Experience is available for purchase in the Museum Store.