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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture featuring Eddie Glaude

Join us for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture featuring Eddie Glaude. Presented in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts.


In the story of Baldwin’s crucible, Glaude suggests, we can find hope and guidance through our own after times, this Trumpian era of shattered promises and white retrenchment. Mixing biography–drawn partially from newly uncovered interviews–with history, memoir, and trenchant analysis of our current moment, Begin Again is Glaude’s attempt, following Baldwin, to bear witness to the difficult truth of race in America today. It is at once a searing exploration that lays bare the tangled web of race, trauma, and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we all must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a new America.


Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University and author of Democracy in Black.


Order your copy of Begin Again from the Ivy Bookshop.


Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.  

Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Event Type

Writers LIVE!, Black History, Virtual Event

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Writers LIVE at the Library

Event Publisher

Emily Levine, Manager of Adult Services

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Velma Green

Velma Green left a positive review 1/15/2021

Very informative and uplifting.

Jay Gesin

Jay Gesin left a positive review 1/15/2021

Thank you for hosting this event. The teachers are studying Begin Again as a school community at our middle school in Wisconsin. Thank you to Dr. Glaude for creating a modern connection between Dr. King and James Baldwin for us to use with students and staff this week.

Betty L Farrell

Betty L Farrell left a positive review 1/15/2021

Thank you Prof. Glaude! Your presentation was truth-telling, which many do not want to hear. It was honest, as you could not possibly have the answers to healing of this country's festering wounds. But you offered profound food for thought and self-examination--if the country is willing to give up the mythology and repent. The jury is out as to which this country will "choose white supremacy over democracy".


Lorri left a positive review 1/15/2021


Kenneth Davis

Kenneth Davis left a positive review 1/15/2021

It was a great program and I gained many insights.

Vanessa Pikler

Vanessa Pikler left a positive review 1/15/2021

Professor Glaude was incredibly engaging. I learned so much and was so inspired that I bought his book, Begin Again, immediately and have not been able to stop thinking about his talk. I hope fervently you bring him back again soon!

Susan L Sweitzer

Susan L Sweitzer left a positive review 1/15/2021

SO glad you got him to speak. He's a writer, but he probably read his speech too much.

Nakitta Brown

Nakitta Brown left a positive review 1/15/2021

It was very informative, had me look at things from a different perspective. Learn things that I did not know and inspiring me to pick up my torch doing what I can so that we can make the dream a reality for all. Thank you and look forward to other events and discussions like this.