In response to police shootings, to #BlackLivesMatter, and to the 2015 murders at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, historian Susan Strasser seeks to provide historical perspective to people grappling with contemporary issues of race and racism. This is the second of a series of illustrated talks, “A White Historian Reads Black History.” The talk will be followed by poet Marcia Cole reading her powerful “A Bitter Suite,” winner of the 2010 College Language Association Creative Writing Contest first prize in poetry.
Dr. Strasser, Richards Professor of American History Emerita at the University of Delaware and a longtime Takoma Park resident, is a prize-winning historian, praised by the New Yorker for “retrieving what history discards: the taken-for-granted minutiae of everyday life.” For more about her, see www.susanstrasser.net .
Marcia E. Cole holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of the District of Columbia and has won awards for her plays, short stories, and poetry. She is passionate about literacy, history and all art forms and believes the arts are particularly effective as teaching tools. A Bitter Suite is a series of poems on lynching written from a very personal perspective in response to a sobering picture seen in her college history textbook. Other history-based projects are in the works. Contact: email@example.com