January 26, 2017 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
“Dear President: What You Need To Know About Race” is WNYC’s post-election series of first-person radio essays by leading black thinkers, writers and activists exploring a broad range of personal truths about being black in America to help set a new agenda for racial equality.
Join us for an evening of micro-conversations, hosted by WNYC’s Rebecca Carroll, featuring a stand-up comedy performance by Khalid Rahmaan.
Micro-Conversation 1: That Extra Work We Do As Black Folks
Inspired by Damon Young’s essay, “Nigga Neurosis,” Kevin Young, Poet and Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Bayete Ross Smith, photographer and multimedia/video artist, on how black folks do the most and whether we deserve a seat at the table.
Micro-Conversation 2: Hope Just Got Real
Journalist at The Intercept, Liliana Segura, in conversation with Chris Stone, President of the Open Society Foundations, on facing an already failed criminal justice system under a Trump administration– as inspired by Theo Shaw’s essay, “An Uncomfortable Hope.”
Micro-Conversation 3: Who We Be in America
Inspired by Kirsten West Savali’s essay “The American Dream,” composer Vijay Iyer joins Yvonne Thevenot, Founder and Executive Director of STEM Kids NYC, on the American Dream, who has access to it, and who does not. And how we will continue to encourage science and art moving forward. Ensemble Q/A. All conversationalists.
@SchomburgCenter #DearPresident. Guests. Please note that there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center. Cost: $10 for General Public. FREE for Schomburg Society Members.
Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, New York NY 10037