If we want to move on, we’ll need powerful conversations







She sat on the front row and talked about how she had been seeking permission to be great for years – and that she would no longer do so.

He stood, in tears, and talked about the failing students at the charter school where he works.

And she talked about her “racist, pig brother” who forced his mother to leave her beloved home because black neighbors moved in next door. Her mother, who wanted to die in the home she loved, was, in the end, not able to do so.

All of them were part of the audience at the Southfield Public Library signing for “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery, where I read excerpts and held a conversation – nothing formal, just a conversation, about how slavery’s lasting impact continues to damage lives.

I am so grateful to the library, one of my favorites in the country, for hosting me.

The conversation continues today at noon at the Mount Clemens Public Library and on 6 p.m. Friday at Pages Bookshop in the Grandmont/Rosedale neighborhood, one of many neighborhood signings I plan for The Burden.

Come and join the conversation!

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