Upcoming: Celebrate Black History Month 2014 with Lavin's Top Speakers
Ta-Nehisi Coates has been a popular Black History Month speaker because his approach to talks on race relations is easy-going, clearly narrated, and unashamedly erudite. Earlier this year, he presented on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the current state of racial equality in America. He also gave a very well-received speech on the history and impact of the American Civil War. The event planners praised his talk highly, saying: “[His] passion, compassion and ease in responding to audience questions was a real highlight of the week.” Coates is also working on a book about an interracial family in pre-Civil War Virginia, and he has been doing vigorous research on the subject. One of the most original and perceptive voices in black America, Coates addresses the small personal questions, as well as the big historic ones.
Alison Stewart recently released the book First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School. In her time researching for the publication, Stewart learned how the school produced generations of highly educated African Americans, many of whom became the first black individuals to enter into their fields—breaking the racial glass ceiling. Her speeches generate worthwhile discussion about the role of education in the African American community and how to support and reform failing urban public schools. These lessons are perfectly suited for discussions during Black History Month. And, for the broader discussion of education in America, as well.
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