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Celebrate The Great American Read with Barracoon

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WHYY and The Literary Café celebrate The Great American Read with Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo," written by Zora Neale Hurston and edited by Deborah G. Plant, is the true story of Cudjo "Kossola" Lewis, an Alabama man believed to be the last living person captured in Africa and brought to America on a slave ship. Hurston details Lewis' life in the book from his capture, 50 years after the abolishment of slavery, to life during the civil war and his role in the founding of the freedman community of Africatown at Plateau, Alabama, after five years as a slave. Join WHYY and The Literary Café for a conversation with Deborah Plant on Hurston’s commitment to Lewis’ story.

Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God is one of America’s 100 most-loved books in PBS’ The Great American Read, an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading. It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories and what these books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

Proceeds from this event support WHYY programs and services.


Deborah Plant

Deborah G. Plant is an English literature and Africana Studies scholar and literary critic whose special interest is the life and works of Zora Neale Hurston. Her books on Hurston include Every Tub Must Sit on Its Own Bottom: The Philosophy and Politics of Zora Neale Hurston, The Inside Light: New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston, 20 essays on recent findings and issues in Hurston studies, and Zora Neale Hurston: A Biography of the Spirit. Plant has been the keynote speaker for National Endowment for the Arts Big Read programs on Their Eyes Were Watching God. She has served as a consultant, resource and speaker at Fort Pierce’s ZoraFest over several years.


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Your ticket purchase includes general admission to the event, one copy of Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" and a year-long WHYY membership.

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WHYY does not have onsite parking but parking can be found on http://www.philapark.org.

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No, your name will be on the registration list at the door.

Is there a dress code?

No.

Will this event be broadcast?

No.

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