I'm happy to announce that I've been added as a panelist at this year's Harlem Book Fair, being held this Saturday July 21st at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
It's a full day of readings, panel discussions, and events featuring Cornel West, Ellis Cose, and many others. Complete information on the event can be found online here. The panel I will be featured on is listed below.
WHAT PASSES FOR FREEDOM: THE 150TH YEAR CELEBRATION OF THE EMANICIPATION PROCLAMATION
LOCATION: Schomburg/Hughes Auditorium 515 Malcolm X Blvd. (map)
TIME: 5:00p – 6:15p
African Americans have long-been ambivalent about the idea of ‘freedom’. It sometimes occurs as elusive and a benefit of the privileged. But is privilege and freedom the same? Is the elusiveness of ‘freedom’ an exclusively African American experience? What is the distinction between emancipation and freedom?
This is an exploration of three basic freedoms – freedom of movement (migration); freedom of religion; and the freedom of expression, within the historical price African Americans have paid for freedom – a conversation of returns against perceived investment. To what freedoms are we entitled? What freedoms do we feel have been earned? What ‘freedom’, if any, has yet to be delivered? Should the idea of freedom be re-defined to 21st century realities?
MODERATOR: Christopher Paul Moore (Fighting for America: Black Soldiers – The Unsung Heroes of World War II)
OTHER PANELISTS: Nell Irvin Painter (The History of White People); Obrey Hendricks (The Universe Bends Toward Justice: Radical Reflections on the Bible, the Church, and the Body Politic); Farah Jasmine Griffin (Who Set You Flowin'?: The African-American Migration Narrative)