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Politics and Prose Books

  • Politics and Prose 5015 Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

First stop on the book tour is at the most famous bookstore in DC! I’m thrilled to be reading there, and I hope to see it on their youtube channel.

Here’s what they had to say about the event & book: “In an 1855 address to abolitionists, Senator Charles Sumner presented a seven-year-old freed slave girl who looked white. The girl, Mary Mildred Williams, soon became the poster child for the abolitionist movement. In this groundbreaking account, Morgan-Owens, dean of studies at New Orleans’s Bard Early College, tells the long-overlooked story of Williams’s life. Focusing on events before and after Emancipation, Morgan-Owens both shifts the usual white perspective of the era to keep the Black protagonists in view and uses Williams’s experience to trace the fraught racial politics of abolitionism in which skin color could dictate the level of white sympathy.”

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.