Farah Jasmine Griffin
Town Hall this evening virtually hosts Columbia University professor Farah Jasmine Griffin, who was the inaugural chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department there, and is the author of numerous books, virtually appearing here this evening for her newest, Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature (W.W. Norton).
“Farah Jasmine Griffin is one of the few great intellectuals in our time! This wise and powerful memoir is a masterpiece. Griffin beautifully weaves her profound devotion to the life of the mind with her deep and abiding love of Black people and culture. Her magical words enchant and empower us like those of her towering heroes —Toni Morrison, Billie Holiday, James Baldwin, and Wilhelmena Griffin!” - Elizabeth Alexander.
“Farah Jasmine Griffin’s vivid, passionate, and powerful tribute to the great gifts of Black culture offers a deep dive into such fundamental human themes as freedom, justice, rage, death, beauty, and love, as lived and celebrated through her own experience, music, and creative art, and that of countless others in the community she embraces, from the legacy of Black history to her own family, her wide explorations of literature and art, and her close friendships with many artists and writers.” - Cornel West.
Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.