Join Nation Books author Mychal Denzel Smith at Housing Works Bookstore in New York City on Wednesday, June 15th. Smith, a Nation Institute Knobler Fellow, will appear in conversation with Ashley C. Ford to discuss Smith's book, Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education. Poet Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib will do a special reading to open the evening.
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.
Presented by Nation Books and Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe. For more information click here.
|Start:||June 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM|
|End:||June 15, 2016 at 8:30 PM|
|Where:||Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012