Live via Zoom:
Thursday, May 20, 7:30 PM ET
Joan Steinau Lester presents Loving Before Loving: A Marriage in Black and White
In conversation with Ellery Washington
Greenlight is honored to host Joan Steinau Lester, critically acclaimed author of Mama’s Child and Black, White, Other, for her new book, Loving Before Loving. Braiding intellectual, personal, and political history, Lester tells the story of her life as a writer and activist fighting for love and justice before, during, and after the Supreme Court’s 1967 decision striking down bans on interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia. She speaks candidly about every facet of her life, illuminating her journey to fulfillment and healing. Loving before Loving is a riveting and deeply personal memoir that eloquently communicates the deep pains of sexism, racism, and intimate betrayal. Lester opens the door to a profound question: In a patriarchal society, how can one survive as the person they want to be? Ellery Washington, award-winning fiction writer and Associate Professor at Pratt Institute, joins Lester in conversation at this virtual book talk.