The International African American Museum will sponsor a virtual Fireside Chat event with author Clint Smith (right) in honor of International Museum Day on May 18th, 2022. Smith, author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, will share stories from his book and experiences traveling internationally.
Smith’s most recent book earned the number one spot on the New York Times Best Seller List, as well as the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. The International African American Museum will talk with Smith about his experience traveling to various historic sites and monuments — all of which are reckoning with their history of slavery. With Dr. Bernard Powers, founding director of the College of Charleston’s Center for the Study of Slavery as moderator, and Bishop Dr. Claude R. Alexander, Jr., a globally renowned activist and senior pastor of The Park Church as co-panelist, the Fireside Chat with Smith will explore why it is so important to honor and tell the untold, under-told, and hidden stories of our country’s past.
The virtual chat will kick off a series of summer events hosted by the museum, as it prepares for opening in late 2022 / early 2023. The Fireside Chat will be offered to the public in a Zoom online seminar format, starting at 6:30 pm, with preregistration required.
For more information or to register for the event, visit https://iaamuseum.org/events/.
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