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Misty Copeland: "The Wind at My Back" **SOLD OUT**


The Brown Lectures Series is pleased to welcome Misty Copeland, the first African American principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theater, who will reflect on the impact that her mentor, Raven Wilkinson, had on her life and career.   Ms. Wilkinson was the first African American woman to dance with a major ballet company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.  Misty Copeland will be joined in conversation by Karsonya Wise Whitehead, host of Today with Dr. Kaye on WEAA 88.9 FM. 

About the Author: 

Misty Copeland is a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater.  She is the author of the bestselling books Life in Motion, Ballerina Body, Black Ballerinas, and the children’s books Firebird and Bunheads. 

About the Moderator: 

Karsonya Wise Whitehead is the host of Today with Dr. Kaye on WEAA 88.9 FM.   She is the founding director of The Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice, as well as a communication and African and African American Studies professor at Loyola University.    

Program Information: 

  • Doors will open to registered attendees at 6pm. 
  • Seating for registered attendees in Central Hall is first come, first served.
  • Additional seating for registered attendees will be made available in the Wheeler Auditorium via livestream once Central Hall is at capacity. 
  • All registered in-person attendees will receive a free copy of the book.
  • There will not be a book signing following the program.
  • Free parking vouchers are available to program attendees who park at the Franklin Street Garage (15 W. Franklin Street) after 4pm.  Ask Pratt event staff for your parking voucher prior to or after the program.

The Brown Lecture Series is supported by a generous grant from the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Foundation.

Virtual Meeting Information

There is no registration required for virtual attendance, simply visit the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Facebook or Youtube page. 

Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Central Library, Central Hall
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Event Type

Book Discussions, Writers LIVE!, Black History, Women's History, Virtual Event

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Writers LIVE at the Library

Event Publisher

Cleve Corner, Manager of Speaker & Author Engagement

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