Keith Boykin in conversation with Jericho Brown - Why Does Everything Have to Be About Race?

Keith Boykin in conversation with Jericho Brown - Why Does Everything Have to Be About Race?

Sunday, Feb 18, 2024 2:00 PM

Inman Park Church Sanctuary
1015 Edgewood Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Fight back against misinformation and ignorance as New York Times bestselling author Keith Boykin debunks 25 of the most common claims used to refute America’s racist past and present.

Join us at the Inman Park Church Sanctuary for a special afternoon program with New York Times–bestselling author Keith Boykin in honor of his new book, "Why Does Everything Have to Be About Race?: 25 Arguments That Won't Go Away." Boykin will appear in conversation with Jericho Brown, Director of the Creative Writing Program for Emory University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Tradition."

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the venue. Masks are optional.

About the Book

The most toxic racial arguments share one of five traits. They try to erase Black history, prioritize white victimhood, deny Black oppression, promote myths of Black inferiority, or rebrand racism as something else entirely. They're all designed to distract society from racial justice, but now we have the tools to debunk them.

With a mixture of personal experience, reportage, and extensive research, Keith Boykin takes a wrecking ball to twenty-five of the most widespread deceptions about race, such as:

-The Civil War was about states' rights, not slavery
-Affirmative action is reverse discrimination
-Critical Race Theory is indoctrinating children to hate one another

and shows us how to refute lies, myths, and misinformation with history, knowledge, and truth.

About the Author

Keith Boykin is a New York Times–bestselling author, TV and film producer, and former CNN political commentator. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, Keith served in the White House, cofounded the National Black Justice Coalition, cohosted the BET talk show "My Two Cents," and taught at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York. He's a Lambda Literary Award–winning author and editor of seven books. He lives in Los Angeles.

About the Conversation Partner

Jericho Brown is author of the "The Tradition" (Copper Canyon 2019), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Award. Brown's first book, "Please" (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, "The New Testament" (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection, "The Tradition" won the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His poems have appeared in The Bennington Review, Buzzfeed, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, and several volumes of "The Best American Poetry." He is the director of the Creative Writing Program and a professor at Emory University.