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Schomburg Center Lit Fest: Land of the Free with Natalie Baszile

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Natalie Baszile’s latest anthology, We Are Each Other's Harvest, elevates the voices and stories of black farmers

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The Schomburg Center Literary Festival expands the center's long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture.

Day 1: Land of the Free

Natalie Baszile’s debut novel, Queen Sugar and her latest anthology, We Are Each Other's Harvest, elevate the voices and stories of black farmers. She joins Dara Cooper, activist and organizer, National Black Food and Justice Alliance, in examining Black people’s connection to the American land from Emancipation to today.

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In this impressive anthology, Natalie Baszile brings together essays, poems, photographs, quotes, conversations, and first-person stories to examine black people’s connection to the American land from Emancipation to today. In the 1920s, there were over one million black farmers; today there are just 45,000. Baszile explores this crisis, through the farmers’ personal experiences. In their own words, middle aged and elderly black farmers explain why they continue to farm despite systemic discrimination and land loss. The "Returning Generation"—young farmers, who are building upon the legacy of their ancestors, talk about the challenges they face as they seek to redress issues of food justice, food sovereignty, and reparations.

These farmers are joined by other influential voices, including noted historians Analena Hope Hassberg and Pete Daniel, and award-winning author Clyde W. Ford, who considers the arrival of Africans to American shores; and James Beard Award-winning writers and Michael Twitty, reflects on black culinary tradition and its African roots. Poetry and inspirational quotes are woven into these diverse narratives, adding richness and texture, as well as stunning four-color photographs from photographers Alison Gootee and Malcom Williams, and Baszile’s personal collection.

ABOUT THE PARTICIPANT (S)

NATALIE BASZILE is the author of the novel Queen Sugar, which was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2014, longlisted for the Crooks Corner Southern Book Prize, nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and adapted for television by writer/director Ava DuVernay and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey for OWN. Baszile holds a M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA and is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers. She lives in San Francisco.

These programs will be streamed on Zoom and simulcast to YouTube. You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. Please check your email shortly before the discussion to receive the link. American Sign Language (ASL) and captioning are provided for all for all virtual events.


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SCHOMBURG SHOP

Readers everywhere who wish to order copies of books featured during the festival and more, can do so online at The Schomburg Shop. All proceeds benefit The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.


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ABOUT THE SCHOMBURG CENTER LITERARY FESTIVAL

The Schomburg Center Literary Festival: Reading the African Diaspora expands the center's long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture. The day-long book festival has been reconfigured as a virtual festival taking place over six days as the Schomburg Center's doors remain temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Throughout the week, our featured authors and books will help us explore concepts of freedom, culminating on June 19, also known in the United States as Juneteenth, a day in 1865 marking freedom for enslaved people in Galveston, Texas.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

​The Schomburg Center Literary Festival is generously sponsored by:

Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation

New York Life Foundation

Artwork: Book of Cures by Barbara Earl Thomas, Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and Barbara Earl Thomas. Photo: Spike Mafford Photography

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Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Amy Geduldig at amygeduldig@nypl.org.

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Founded in 1925 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2017, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world's leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. From the original 10,000 items provided by Arturo Alfonso Schomburg to the over 10 million items in the collection today, the Schomburg Center features diverse progamming and lifelong education and exploration that illuminate the richness of global black history, arts and culture.

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