Session: 400 Years of Black History
5 p.m. Wednesday, May 5
In their new curated anthology, Four Hundred Souls, editors Ibram X. Kendi, author of the number one bestseller How To Be an Antiracist, and fellow historian Keisha N. Blain, aim to change our notion of how history is written. The book charts the tragic and triumphant four-hundred-year history of Black American experience. Contributors include some of the best-known scholars, writers, historians, journalists, lawyers, poets and activists of contemporary America who together bring to vivid life countless new facets of slavery and resistance, segregation and survival, migration and self-discovery, cultural oppression and world-changing artistic, literary and musical creativity. Dozens of extraordinary lives and personalities, rescued from the archives and restored to their rightful place in America's narrative, as well as the ghosts of millions more. Moderated by Soledad O'Brien.
About Keisha N. Blain
Keisha N. Blain is an award-winning historian, professor, and writer. She is currently an associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, the president of the African American Intellectual History Society, and an editor for the Washington Post's "Made by History" section. Her writing has appeared in popular outlets such as The Atlantic, The Guardian, Politico, and Time. She is the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom and Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America.
About Crosscut Festival 2021
Join journalists, politicians, authors, creators and newsmakers from our community and around the nation May 3-8, 2021 as we come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.
Once you RSVP or purchase tickets, we’ll email you all the information you’ll need to attend the festival. A schedule will be announced soon.
Ask Keisha a question!
Your submitted questions could help shape our conversations in May. We’ll accept questions until mid-April, then pass along popular and thought-provoking topics for moderators to potentially include in their scripts.