This spring, the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Arts Garage and the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will welcome three nationally-acclaimed authors to share their insights on race and its impact upon American culture. From February to April 2021, one author will be featured each month, as part of a hybrid speakers’ series, entitled “Authors Speak: The Impact of Race on American Society,” which will be free and accessible to the public.
Kicking off the series during February, or Black History Month, will be Jason Reynolds, co-author of the best-selling novel, “Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism & You.” March will welcome Tina K. Sacks, author of “Invisible Visits, Black Middle-Class Women in the American Healthcare System.” And in April, Richard Rothstein will share about his book, “THE COLOR OF LAW: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.”
“This dynamic series is our way of keeping the conversations around race going by featuring renowned authors on the subject matter,” said Delray CRA Executive Director Renée A. Jadusingh, Esq.
“We are excited to hear from three distinct voices about their perspectives on race in America, at a time when our nation is more attuned to its sustained impact and influence in every aspect of our culture,” said Charlene Farrington, director of the Spady Museum. “It will be interesting to compare and contrast their research, as each author will bring something different to the conversation, which I anticipate will be engaging and informative for us all.”
In 2020, the Spady Museum explored Reynolds’ book with its youth group, and Farrington is thrilled to have Reynolds to interact with them and other young people interested in the anti-racism movement.
“Arts Garage and I are excited to participate in this series. Providing access to conversations about difficult topics like race creates a space for open dialogue and community healing,” said Arts Garage President and CEO Marjorie Waldo, M.Ed.
TO TUNE IN:
All events to be held via Zoom and broadcast live from The Spady Museum and the Arts Garage’s Facebook pages. Zoom links to the talk will be sent out after registering through the link above. Limited seating will be offered and is available through the Arts Garage’s website (Link below). Those who register for in-person seating will receive Jason’s book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism & You while supplies last.
ABOUT JASON REYNOLDS:
Reynolds is the New York Times best-selling author of All American Boys, the Track series, Long Way Down, For Everyone, and Miles Morales-Spiderman.
He is an American author, who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences, including Ghost, a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.
Born in Washington, DC and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap to begin writing poetry at nine years old. He focused on poetry for approximately the next two decades, only reading a novel cover to cover for the first time at age 17 and publishing several poetry collections before he published his own first novel, When I Was The Greatest, in 2014. He won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for this first work of prose and seven more novels followed in the next four years, including Ghost (2016) and two more books in what became his New York Times best-selling Track series, Patina (2017) and Sunny (2018); As Brave As You (2016), winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize, the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teen, and the 2017 Schneider Family Book Award; and a Marvel Comics novel called Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2017).
Reynolds returned to poetry with Long Way Down (2017), a novel in verse which was named a Newbery Honor book, a Printz Honor Book, and best young adult work by the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Awards. Learn more at https://www.jasonwritesbooks.com/