RACE, ETHNICITY, AND THE NEW AMERICAN LITERATURE

Hearing Room 2  |  11:00am–12:15pm
Presented by: Before Columbus Foundation

Throughout much of our nation's early history, literacy among the non-white population was crime punishable by death. The struggle towards education and self-determination for Americans of color remains fraught with adversity. At the center of these enveloping controversies and culture wars remains the question of just what is American literature.

CHRIS JACKSON is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of One World, a newly relaunched imprint of Random House.

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

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