Saturday, March 26, 2022

WRITERS BLOCK PRESENTS VIRTUAL PROGRAM: The Trayvon Generation: Elizabeth Alexander on the Challenges and Perils of Being Young and Black


Writers Bloc Presents










Writers Bloc and Eso Won Books Present Dr. Elizabeth Alexander on The Trayvon Generation

Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 6:00PM PDT

Free Virtual Event

Dr. Elizabeth Alexander is a decorated author, essayist, and President Obama’s 2012 Inaugural Poet. In late June of 2020 in the most profound moments of the pandemic and social rebellion, she published a great piece in The New Yorker called “The Trayvon Generation,” about what Black young people face in America. That New Yorker essay went viral, and Dr. Alexander expanded that terrific article into a book of the same name.

The Trayvon Generation speaks to the ever-present reality of race as the center of a Black young person’s American experience. Black young people– or The Trayvon Generation, as she refers to them– live in a prism of brutality and violence, no matter what their circumstances might be, no matter how privileged they might be. She draws on history, cultural expression, and social attitudes to reflect on the present, and future, of Black youth. Dr. Alexander wrote and read "Praisesong for the Day" for Barack Obama’s 2012 inauguration, has collected innumerable prizes for her books, and is currently the President of the Mellon Foundation.





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