Wednesday, June 6, 2018 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome acclaimed writer and Georgetown professor MICHAEL ERIC DYSON for a discussion of his latest book, "What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America." In 1963 Attorney General Robert Kennedy sought out James Baldwin to explain the rage that threatened to engulf black America. Baldwin brought along some friends, including playwright Lorraine Hansberry, psychologist Kenneth Clark, and a valiant activist, Jerome Smith. Ultimately, an empathetic Kennedy set about changing policy, the meeting having transformed his thinking in fundamental ways. "What Truth Sounds Like" exists at the tense intersection of the conflict between politics and prophecy--of whether we embrace political resolution or moral redemption to fix our fractured racial landscape.