Booksigning and Presentation
Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery & the Troubled History of America's Universities
with author & MIT Professor Craig Wilder
Sunday, Sept. 28th, 3 pm
$10 at the door
Just out in paperback!
Join us to hear from Craig Steven Wilder who in his book, Ebony & Ivy, examines how many major U.S. universities - Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Rutgers, Williams and the University of North Carolina, among others - are drenched in the sweat, and sometimes the blood, of Africans brought to the United States as slaves. He reveals how the slave economy and higher education grew up together.
"...a passionate recounting of the collective dehumanization of African-Americans coincident with the rise in power and prestige of the Atlantic college, particularly the Ivy League." - Wall Street Journal
Prof. Wilder is also the author of In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City and A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn. He has advised and appeared in numerous historical documentaries, including the celebrated Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon film, The Central Park Five.
"When you think about the colonial world, until the American Revolution, there is only one college in the South, William & Mary ... The other eight colleges were all Northern schools, and they're actually located in key sites, for the most part, of the merchant economy where the slave traders had come to power and rose as the financial and intellectual backers of new culture of the colonies."
- Craig Steven Wilder