A Night In With Clint Smith
To mark the publication of How The Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery in America, as part of the Dialogue Book Lounge.
Join poet, writer and podcast host Clint Smith as he shares a living, breathing kind of history that is made unforgettable in the telling.
How the Word is Passed is the story of Clint Smith's visits to seven places that the work and lives of enslaved people built, but it is much more than a travelogue. It is the story of the Monticello Plantation in Virginia, the estate where Thomas Jefferson wrote letters espousing the urgent need for liberty while enslaving more than four hundred people. It is the story of the Whitney Plantation, one of the only former plantations devoted to preserving the experience of the enslaved people whose lives and work sustained it. It is the story of Angola, a former plantation-turned-maximum-security prison in Louisiana that is filled with Black men who work across the 18,000-acre land for virtually no pay. And it is the story of Blandford Cemetery, the final resting place of tens of thousands of Confederate soldiers.
For this exclusive virtual event, Clint will share how the history of slavery is not only relevant today but alive today. In conversation, Clint reveals how slavery is hidden in plain sight, introducing us to the men and women who have devoted their lives to understanding what so many of us do not know and, finally, by letting us walk in his shoes as he learns these truths.
Speaking both to history and activism, the past and the present, this enlightening and thought-provoking event will leave you feeling empowered by the knowledge gained from Smith's deep understanding.