Clint Smith | How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

Thu, January 26, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Cost: Free


In conversation with award-winning journalist and broadcaster Tracey Matisak

“A public intellectual with much to offer about teaching (and unlearning) history” (The Washington Post), Clint Smith, in his bestselling book How the Word Is Passed, takes the reader on a tour of monuments and landmarks that tell an intergenerational story about the continuing legacy of slavery in the United States. A staff writer at The Atlantic, he is also the author of the poetry collection Counting Descent, which was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. Smith has earned fellowships from a variety of institutions, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Art for Justice Fund, and the National Science Foundation, and his essays, poems, and scholarly work have been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and The New Republic, among other publications. A former National Poetry Slam champion, his poetry collection, Above Ground, will be published in March 2023.

Masks are welcome but are not required.
Books will be available for purchase at the library on event night.
A book signing will follow the presentation.
Books provided by Uncle Bobbie's Coffee and Books

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103