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The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery

Book Release & Signing feat. Rochelle Riley, Nikole Hannah-Jones & Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 6:30 PM / Doors at 6 PM

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is proud to host the release of The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery, a powerful collection of essays edited by award-winning Detroit newspaper columnist and 2017 Eugene Pulliam Fellow Rochelle Riley. In addition to Riley, the event also features contributors Nikole Hannah-Jones, 2017 MacArthur Fellow & Investigative Journalist, and Leonard Pitts, Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist.

The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery is a plea to America to understand what life post-slavery remains like for many African Americans, who are descended from people whose unpaid labor built this land, but have had to spend the last century and a half carrying the dual burden of fighting racial injustice and rising above the lowered expectations and hateful bigotry that attempt to keep them shackled to that past. As Riley writes in her opening essay, "slavery is not a relic to be buried, but a wound that has not been allowed to heal. You cannot heal what you do not treat. You cannot treat what you do not see as a problem. And America continues to look the other way, to ask African Americans to turn the other cheek, to suppress our joy, to accept that we are supposed to go only as far as we are allowed." The Burden aims to address this problem. It is a must-read for every American. Contributors Include Aisha Hinds, Tim Reid, Kevin B. Blackistone, Leonard Pitts Jr., Carolyn Edgar, Michelle Singletary, DeWayne Wickham, Paula Williams Madison, Patrice Gaines, Michael Simanga, Mark Auslander, Tonya M. Matthews, Charlene A. Carruthers, Torrance G. Latham, Benét J. Wilson, A'Lelia Bundles, Betty DeRamus, Aku Kadogo, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, Julianne Malveaux, Tamara Winfrey-Harris, Rochelle Riley, Herb Boyd, and Vann R. Newkirk, II.

Advanced tickets are $25 and include a copy of The Burden, program and light reception. Tickets will be $35 at the door and a cash bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (800) 838-3006, or at the museum's information desk.

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