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The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man: 110 Years Later
November 16, 2022 , 6:00pm – 7:00pm
“The truth flashed over me that in large measure the race question involves the saving of black America’s body and white America’s soul” – James Weldon Johnson
Harlem Renaissance writer and Green-Wood permanent resident James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) wrote this groundbreaking “autobiography” in 1912. Despite its title, it’s a work of fiction narrated by a light-skinned Black man who decides to forge a new identity in twentieth-century America.
Price: Free. Registration required.
Shortly before his death, Johnson wrote his own autobiography, Along This Way. Author, poet, and professor Gregory Pardlo speaks with Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman about the legacy of these two monumental literary works. Pardlo wrote the introduction to Everyman’s Library 2022 reissue of The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man.
Free. Registration required. Please consider a donation to the Green-Wood Historic Fund so that we can continue to offer free and low-cost programs throughout the year.A Zoom link will be in your confirmation email upon registration.