VFB Presents: All of Our Rights - America's Legacy of Inequality
Release from the Virginia Festival of the Book:
The Virginia Festival of the Book will present All of Our Rights - America's Legacy of Inequality at The Paramount Theater on Thursday, March 21 at 8 p.m.
Carol Anderson (One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy), Michael Eric Dyson (What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America), and Martha S. Jones (Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America) discuss their award-winning works focused on American rights, racism, and resistance.
From Dyson's examination of the Civil Rights movement to Anderson's startling and timely look at voter suppression and Jones' deeply-researched study of birthright citizenship, this conversation will explore the opportunities as well as the conflicts between people and policies. Moderated by Jamelle Bouie, columnist for the New York Times Opinion pages and a political analyst for CBS News. Book sales and signing will follow. For additional details, please visit VaBook.org.
These authors have all received rave reviews for their award-winning works. Minneapolis Star Tribune praised Anderson's One Person, No Vote as, "Anderson's description of the perpetual war that blacks and now Latinos have fought to get and keep the right to vote is impeccably researched, deftly written and, sadly, prescient. One Person, No Votes punches above its weight, like a lecture from a professor with superb command of language." The Washington Post exclaimed that Dyson's What Truth Sounds Like is, "Passionately written... Dyson's larger purpose is to reflect on the relevance of the dynamic it represented-speaking truth to power-in the current racial and political climate. Singling out the cultural types represented in [James] Baldwin's delegation-artists, intellectuals and activists-Dyson devotes individual chapters to how examples of each bear witness to black struggle today." Lastly, Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard University stated that, "Birthright Citizens is a brilliant and richly researched work that could not be more timely. Who is inside and who is outside the American circle of citizenship has been a fraught question from the Republic's very beginnings. This is a must-read for all who are interested in what it means to be an American."
Tickets for this event are on sale now. Tickets may be reserved by calling The Paramount's Box Office at 434.979.1333, online at www.theparamount.net, or in person at the Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
About the Speakers:
Carol Anderson, author of One Person, No Vote, is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She was a Guggenheim Fellow for Constitutional Studies and is the author of White Rage, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Michael Eric Dyson, author of ;What Truth Sounds Like, is a university professor of sociology at Georgetown University, a contributing opinion writer for ;The New York Times, and a contributing editor of The New Republic and ESPN's The Undefeated. Ebony named him one of the 100 most influential African Americans and one of the 150 most powerful blacks in the nation.
Martha S. Jones, author of Birthright Citizens, is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. She was formerly a Presidential Bicentennial Professor at the University of Michigan, and was a founding director of the Michigan Law School Program in Race, Law and History.
Jamelle Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times Opinion pages and a political analyst for CBS News. He previously wrote for Slate, The Nation, and The American Prospect. He is based in Charlottesville, Va.