Race and Identity Dialogue: Letters on Blackness: Exploring African American Literature
March 9, 2021 5:30 p.m. Virtual FALS Event

RID graphicThis session on African American literature will focus on nonfiction works by James Baldwin (“My Dungeon Shook: Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation,” 1963), Ta-Nehisi Coates (excerpts from Between the World and Me, 2015), and Ariel Felton (“A Letter to My Niece,” 2019). Each of these works is written as a letter from the author to a younger family member. These works are confessional, honest, and intended for black audiences; yet, they’ve inspired audiences from various backgrounds. The lecture and discussion seek to create a dialogue on these questions: How have issues of identity and racism changed since the Civil Rights Era to today for African American writers? How does considering these works relate to current discussions of policing, protest, and race relations?



  • Dr. James Anderson, Associate Professor of English and English Education, Lander University
  • Rev. Dr. Wallis C. Baxter, III, Adjunct Assistant Professor of English, Gettysburg College


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Students seeking FALS credit must provide a valid Lander ID when attending this event.  
Faculty Sponsor: Alexis Carter Thomas