Join author and activist Angela Davis and Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Toni Morrison for this exclusive conversation.
Angela Davis is an author, civil rights, gay rights and prison reform activist and prominent member of the African-American empowerment organization The Black Panther Party. Works include If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance and Women, Race and Class.
Toni Morrison was born Chloe Anthony Wofford, in 1931 in Lorain Ohio, the second of four children in a black working-class family. She displayed an early interest in literature and studied humanities at Howard and Cornell Universities, followed by an academic career at Texas Southern University, Howard University, Yale, and since 1989, a chair at Princeton University.
She has also worked as an editor for Random House, a critic, and given numerous public lectures, specializing in African-American literature. She made her debut as a novelist in 1970, soon gaining the attention of both critics and a wider audience for her epic power, unerring ear for dialogue, and her poetically-charged and richly-expressive depictions of Black America.
A member since 1981 of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has been awarded a number of literary distinctions, among them the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.
Largest city public library in the U.S. and one of the great libraries of the world. It was established in 1895, and its central building opened in 1911. Its holdings include more than 10 million books and more than 10 million manuscripts, as well as large collections of pictures, maps, books for the blind, films, and microfilms.
Simply wonderful. We need more conversations like this to remind ourselves that we have the power to change. We must continue to fight to keep the library a free and public entity. Bravo to all who made this event possible.