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Changing the Legacy of Race: A Community Conversation

  • Ford-Warren Library 2825 North High Street Denver, CO, 80205 United States (map)

In partnership with Colorado Humanities and the Center for the Book, this event is part of a series of facilitated conversations in Park Hill and Five Points designed to dive deeply into how we might change the legacy of race in our communities.

We will be looking at clips from the film I Am Not Your Negro, a recent Oscar-nominated film by the Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck. This film highlights how James Baldwin's words still speak to the American racial and cultural problems we are still trying to untangle 30 years after his death. James Baldwin (1924-1987) was a man of letters—novelist, essayist, social critic, playwright, journalist—whose work focused on the intricacies of the legacies and lived realities of race in 20th-century America. An erudite, engaged and engaging writer and public speaker, his worldview was shaped by his deeply humanistic values. Baldwin’s work gives us a wise, compassionate, but unflinching view of the racism that still plagues our society and determines the outcomes of black lives.

This conversation will be led by Hillary Potter, associate professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Potter holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado and an M.A. in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Free and open to the public.

Earlier Event: October 21
Book Talk at RedLine Gallery
Later Event: October 24
Hard Times Writing Workshop