Monday, October 28, 7:30 PM
Reading and Discussion: Black Pop Culture and Civil Rights
Featuring Sam Freedman, author of Breaking The Line
And Ericka Blount Danois, author of Love, Peace, and Soul
The realm of pop culture has often been where issues of race are encountered in America, whether on the sports field or on the dance floor. Two award-winning authors and close friends discuss the relationship between black pop culture and civil rights, as outlined in their newly published books. Columbia journalism professor and New York Times columnist Sam Freedman is the author of Breaking The Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights, which vividly recreates the 1967 season when two college football teams waged a brave and deliberate campaign to help bring about racial integration both on and off the gridiron. Fellow author Isabel Wilkerson (The Warmth of Other Suns) calls it “a riveting story not only of a season but of a country at the crossroads.” Award-winning journalist Ericka Blount Danois tells the story of the television phenomenon Soul Train, one of the first unapologetically black shows and a touchstone of the baby boom generation, a dance showcase that made formerly no-name artists go platinum and provided a platform for activists and cultural breakthroughs. Dan Charnas (The Big Payback) writes, “In Love, Peace, and Soul": Behind the Scenes of America's Favorite Dance Show Soul Train, Ericka Blount Danois relives Soul Train’s real meaning and retrieves Cornelius’s true legacy with love, craft, and meticulous research.” Join Freedman and Danois for their discussion and signing.