We were honored to have best-selling author Pearl Cleage as our speaker for the annual Lawrence M. Clark Lecture. In her talk Cleage discusses the important role writing and activism play in society today and how growing up in an activist family shaped her life and her writing. Cleage also touches on race, class, civil rights, how the election of Barack Obama has changed America and how writers will help to shape America in the 21st century.
The Lawrence M. Clark Lecture:
In honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Lawrence M. Clark, former Associate Provost and Professor of Mathematics Education at North Carolina State University, the African American Cultural Center annually hosts the L.M. Clark Lecture. This year’s L.M. Clark Lecture was a special celebration of the legacy of Dr. Clark, who passed away on January 23rd, 2012.
Pearl Cleage has published an impressive collection of plays, short stories, essays and poetry. She has also published eight novels. Her first novel, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day, was an Oprah Book Club pick and was on the New York Times best-seller list for nine weeks. Her play, Flyin’ West, was the most produced new play in the country in 1994.
Thursday March 15, 2012.
Washington Sankofa Room, African American Cultural Center