Conversation with Rochelle Riley | The Burden
Join us for a conversation with Rochelle Riley, author of The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery, a powerful collection of essays from well-known Americans on what life post-slavery remains like for many African Americans.
Many African Americans, who are descended from people whose unpaid labor built this land, 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. These descendants have spent over 150 years seeking permission to put this burden down. The Burden aims to address this problem and is a must-read for every American.
Rochelle Riley is an award-winning newspaper columnist who is no longer seeking permission to put the burden down. She has fearlessly called out elected officials who should have been ashamed of themselves and has helped raise millions of dollars for just causes, especially the fight for improved adult literacy. She offers commentary on MSNBC and NPR and contributes to Essence and Ebony magazines. She was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016, received the 2017 Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and Northwestern University, and was awarded the 2017 Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship by the Society of Professional Journalists.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.
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