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The Life and Legacy of Chester Himes

Considered the most influential author of African American detective fiction, the legacy of writer Chester Himes rests not only on his series of detective novels known as the Harlem Cycle, but on his entire oeuvre, which addressed themes that spoke to the turbulence of twentieth century America: the brutality of prison, miscegenation and sex, labor and race relations, and corruption. Himes was one of the most prolific Black writers of his time, yet he remains one of the least recognized in the United States, especially compared to his contemporaries Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison.

Dr. Lawrence Jackson, author of the newly published Chester B. Himes: A Biography, will be joined by scholar and literary critic Dr. Jerry Ward in a conversation about the legacy of Chester Himes and his place within African American literature. This event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition of Chester Himes’ papers, Lonely Crusade: The Life and Work of Chester Himes, currently on display at the Amistad Research Center. Lawrence Jackson will sign copies of the new biography following the discussion.

About Lawrence Jackson

Lawrence Jackson is the author of My Father’s Name: A Black Virginia Family after the Civil War (Chicago 2012), The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics (Princeton 2010) and Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius, 1913-1952 (Wiley 2002). Two of his books have been finalists for the Hurston-Wright Prize and The Indignant Generation won the 2011 William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association 2012 award for non-fiction. Numerous publications have published his criticism and non-fiction. Professor Jackson earned a PhD in English and American literature at Stanford University, and has held fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Ford Foundation, and the William J. Fulbright program at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. He began his teaching career at Howard University in 1997 and he is now Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and History at Johns Hopkins University. His forthcoming biography of Chester Himes will be published by W.W. Norton in 2017.

About Jerry Ward

Jerry W. Ward, Jr., a retired Professor of English, Richard Wright scholar, and literary critic, lives in New Orleans. He taught for 32 years at Tougaloo College and 10 years at Dillard University. He has been the recipient of numerous professional honor and teaching awards. He was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent in 2001 and received the Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award from the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration in 2011. A founding member of the Richard Wright Circle and co-editor of Redefining American Literary History (1990), Black Southern Voices (1992), The Richard Wright Encyclopedia (2008), and The Cambridge History of African American Literature (2011), he compiled and edited the anthology Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African American Poetry (Mentor, 1997). His poems and essays can be found in many journals. His most recent book is FRACTAL SONG:Poems ( Black Widow Press 2016). Work –in-progress includes Reading Race Reading America (social and literary essays), and Richard Wright: One Reader’s Responses.

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Conversations in Color is a free public cultural series that features artists, educators, and community activists in talks about their work and its impact on social change.

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