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Critical Reception | A Black History Month Panel Discussion


Sunday February 17, 2019: 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


Local experts discuss the historical and social impact of Black History Month in the United States, including the origin and contemporary relevance of this month spent celebrating cultural heritage. Panelists include: 

Jamall Bufford—songwriter and hip-hop artist whose newest project is The Black Opera.

Heather Neff—author of seven novels and a professor of English at Eastern Michigan University. She currently serves as Director of the EMU McNair Scholars Program.

Rochelle Riley—columnist for the Detroit Free Press and author of The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery.

Jessica Thompson—Program Manager at UM’s Maize and Blue Cupboard and the moderator for this event.

Rochelle Riley will be selling copies of her book, The Burden, before the event and signing copies afterward.

Black History Month


This event will be recorded