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CANCELED: Author Event | Rochelle Riley: The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery


Thursday February 27, 2020: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


Due to circumstance beyond our control, this event has been canceled.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

In a presentation entitled "Slavery didn't end: Facing the truth in the age of MAGA," Rochelle Riley, author and former award winning columnist at the Detroit Free Press will discuss her book The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery (or downloadable ebook) and how slavery "just changed addresses, moving from plantations into boardrooms, courtrooms, classrooms, newsrooms, hospitals, neighborhoods and cultural institutions." 

Rochelle Riley is an author, essayist, blogger and child advocate who spent nearly a quarter century as a columnist until she left in 2019 to focus on the arts. Now Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit, she is a member of the Michigan and North Carolina journalism Halls of Fame and the International Women's Forum. In addition to this critically acclaimed book, she is the author of the upcoming That They Lived: Twenty African Americans Who Changed The World.

This event includes a signing with books for sale.