Join Nation Books author Mychal Denzel Smith at Maryland State Library in Baltimore, MD. Smith, a Nation Institute Knobler Fellow, will discuss his book, Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education.
In Invisible Man, Smith grapples with the contradiction of Barack Obama's presidential ascent alongside the deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, and so many others killed by police or vigilante violence. Smith struggles to reconcile these two vastly different fates for young black men in America and explores the spectrum of existing opportunities for black men in between. From powerful moments of black self-determination like LeBron James's "decision," to the mobilization of thousands in the wake of Trayvon Martin's death, to recent and widely reported cases of violence against women, Smith documents how the public milestones have challenged cultural notions of black manhood.
|Start:||June 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM|
|End:||June 21, 2016 at 8:30 PM|
|Where:||Maryland State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
415 Park Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201