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Baratunde Thurston grew up on the streets of Washington DC, the son of a pro-black, pan-African mother, his neighborhood caught in the crossfire of the city’s infamous crack cocaine wars. Tanner Colby grew up in the white flight suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama, attending a high school mostly notable for its insistence on flying the Confederate Battle Flag as its official school colors. Decades later, both are NY Times bestselling authors with books about race and its role in shaping their lives.
Join us for an evening of humorous, provocative, and lively conversation about culture, identity, the persistence of the color line, the role of technology in shaping the color line, how to talk about race, how not to talk about race, how to be black, where to be white, what makes a good black friend, why to have white friends, and who really stands to reap the rewards of a rapidly shifting, majority-minority, pre-post-yet-still-very-racial America.
The discussion will be hosted and moderated by award-winning journalist and filmmaker Soledad O’Brien, host of CNN’s groundbreaking “In America” series and correspondent for HBO’s RealSports and Al Jazeera America.
Proceeds from ticket and book sales will go to to the Soledad O’Brien + Brad Raymond Foundation, which provides educational opportunities for young women.