Highlights from past meetings
April 13, 2023, the Black Authors Book Club hosted the final book club of the year to discuss the graphic novel, The Black Panther Vol. 1: Who is the Black Panther, by Reginald Hudlin. The book club discussed afrofuturism, imperialism and gender. The book club also bid Professor Evans farewell, as he embarks on a new phase of his career. The book club will miss him!
March 9, 2023, the Black Authors Book Club was joined by lawyer, advocate and legal scholar, Michelle Alexander. Students and professors asked Alexander about her book, The New Jim Crow, its legacy after 13 years, and the future of policing in America.
February 9, 2023, the Black Authors Book Club was joined by Dr. Julie Seely and Dev Sterrette to discuss The Skinny House of Mamaroneck, NY. The book club came together during Black History Month to discuss inter-generational wealth, black talent, and family. Thank you to the Seely team for sharing a piece of their world.
November 22, 2022, the Black Author's Book Club met to debate Juneteenth after reading the book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Annette Gordon-Reed. Who is it for? Is it a Texan holiday? Is it performative? Nuanced perspectives were shared in an hour ablaze.
September 15, 2022, the Black Author's Book Club met to discuss the nuanced themes within Tupac Shakur's The Rose That Grew from Concrete. Featured guests, Leila Steinberg and Iris Crews, spoke about their working relationships with the rapper/poet. Students and book club members shared their thoughts about the work during the notable hour.
The Black Authors Book Club also runs a parallel seminar at St. John's Law School, Law, Policy, and the Literature of Black Authors. Our students engage with the material in creative ways and discuss how the experiences, symbols, and themes in our featured books relate to law and legal practice. Here is one of our teams of students discussing how Invisible Man relates to the historic nomination and confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.