Hearing Room 4  |  2:00pm–3:15pm
Presented By: Before Columbus Foundation

The resurrection of James Baldwin in recent years has returned his writings to the center of American discussions on race and inequality. That said, Baldwin's prescience remains firmly rooted in the traditions of protest and spirituality woven in Afro-American music.

ED PAVLIC  is Distinguished Research Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia and author of Who Can Afford to Improvise: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listeners.

SHANA L. REDMOND is an interdisciplinary scholar of music, race, and politics and the author of Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora.

ISHMAEL REED is a prize-winning essayist, novelist, poet and playwright.

QUINCY TROUPE, professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego, and editor of Black Renaissance Noire, is an awarding-winning author of ten volumes of poetry.

JUSTIN DESMANGLES (moderator) is Chairman of the board of directors of the Before Columbus Foundation.