Join Nation Books author Mychal Denzel Smith on Wednesday, August 9th. Smith, a Nation Institute Knobler Fellow, will appear in conversation with Marc Lamont Hill to discuss Smith's 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.
Co-sponsored by The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture.
|Start:||August 9, 2016 at 6:00 PM|
|End:||August 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM|
|Where:||Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637