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Panel-Why Black Books Matter


W. Ralph Eubanks
A Place Like Mississippi

W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South, Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi’s Dark Past, and his new book, A Place Like Mississippi. He has contributed articles to the Washington Post Outlook and Style sections, the Wall Street Journal, WIRED, the New Yorker, and National Public Radio.  He is a recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and has been a fellow at the New America Foundation. Eubanks is the former editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review at the University of Virginia and served as director of publishing at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., from 1995 to 2013.

Saturday, Oct 16, 2:30-3:30- Register for A Place Like Mississippi

Sunday, Oct 17, 5:45 - 7:00  -Panel- Register for Why Black Books Matter

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Farah Jasmine Griffin
Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature

Farah Jasmine Griffin is the inaugural chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department at Columbia University, where she is also William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature. She is the author of numerous books including her new book Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature, and her essay on the Harlem Renaissance was included in 400 Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019. She is the recipient of a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship and she lives in New York.

Friday, Oct 15, 7:00-8:15 & Sunday, Oct 17, 5:45-7:00-Panel- Register for A Creative Force & Why Black Books Matter(Jason Broughton, Glory Edim, W. W. Ralph Eubanks, Farah Jasmine Griffin)

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Glory Edim
Well-Read Black Girl

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In fall 2017 she organized the first-ever Well-Read Black Girl Festival. She has worked as a creative strategist for over ten years at startups and cultural institutions, including The Webby Awards and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Most recently, she was the Publishing Outreach Specialist at Kickstarter. Her books include Well-Read Black Girl and the forthcoming On Girlhood. She serves on the board of New York City's Housing Works Bookstore.

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Jason Broughton
Library of Congress

Jason Broughton is the Director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). Prior to joining the Library of Congress, Broughton became the first African American to serve as Vermont State Librarian, where he engaged in strategic planning for the Department of Libraries and establishing a long-term vision for the State Library. For over a decade, Broughton held numerous library roles in South Carolina and Georgia, where he used his prior training as an educator to focus on such issues as workforce development and public outreach engagement.Broughton earned his M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina, an M.S. in Public Administration from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Florida A&M University.

Sunday, Oct 17, 5:45-7:00-Panel- Register for Why Black Books Matter(Jason Broughton, Glory Edim, W. W. Ralph Eubanks, Farah Jasmine Griffin)


In her new book, Read Until You Understand,  Farah Jasmine Griffin asks these questions. What might engagement with literature written by Black Americans teach us about the US and its quest for democracy? What might it teach us about the fullest blossoming of our own humanity? Led by Jason Broughton (Director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress), panelists Farah Jasmine Griffin(Read until You Understand), W. Ralph Eubanks(A Place Like Mississippi), and Glory Edim (Well-Read Black Girl) will reflect on these questions and why black books matter to everyone.

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