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Join John McWhorter and Coleman Hughes for a candid conversation on owning your future in Black America

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Cleveland Public Library series brings together authors, performers, journalists, activists, and educators to discuss the issues impacting our communities.

John McWhorter

John McWhorter is author of more than a dozen books including The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language, Losing the Race: Self Sabotage in Black America and Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English. In 2016 he published Words on the Move: Why English Won’t – and Can’t – Sit Still (Like, Literally). He also regularly contributes to newspapers and magazines including The New Republic, Time, and The Atlantic, including his article on how immigrants change languages and an essay on policing the “N-word.”

Coleman Hughes

Coleman Hughes writes about race, public policy, and applied ethics and the hosts the podcast Conversations with Coleman which he describes “as a platform that champions free speech, free thought, and open debate – values that I believe play a pivotal role in a liberal society.” After briefly attending the Juilliard School to study jazz trombone, he dropped out and began to pursue a career as an independent jazz/hip-hop artist while attending Columbia University, only to discover a passion for applied ethics and public policy, graduating with a B.A. in philosophy. He is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, an opinion columnist on issues related to race and racism at the online magazine Quillette, as well as a fellow and contributing editor at City Journal. He has been named one of Forbes 30 under 30 for 2021 for his work in media including conversations around race, slavery, and reparations.

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Cleveland Public Library is the "People's University," the center of learning for a diverse and inclusive community. We are the driving force behind a powerful culture of learning that inspires Clevelanders from all walks of life to continually seek out, learn and share knowledge in ways that are beneficial to themselves, their community and the world.  Find out more at www.cpl.org. 

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