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Lawrence P. Jackson

Lawrence P. Jackson

Decatur Library Auditorium

February 11, 2013, 7:15 P.M.

Dr. Lawrence Jackson’s latest book, ”My Father’s Name,” tells the extraordinary story of Jackson’s search for his late grandfather’s home, a search that becomes a much deeper journey into his ancestral past, a past intimately linked to slavery. His is a powerful book full of surprising twists and turns, and also one of haunting familiarity to many African Americans who may question whether the promises of emancipation have ever been completely fulfilled. Critics call it ”a thoughtful meditation on our painful and enduring history.” Dr. Jackson is professor of English and African American Studies at Emory University. He is the author of an acclaimed biography, ”Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius” and the literary history ”The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960.” His free lecture is part of our observance of Black History Month.