Saidiya Hartman and Autumn Womack on Toni Morrison’s The Black Book

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The 92nd Street Y, New York
Aug. 28, 2022

As the final event in 92Y’s year-long series on the works of Toni Morrison, Saidiya Hartman (Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments) and Autumn Womack (Assistant Professor of African American Studies and English at Princeton and curator of “Sites of Memory: The Archival World of Toni Morrison”) discuss Toni Morrison’s contribution to The Black Book, a landmark compendium of words and images documenting Black experience in America. “The Black Book is an incredible testament to the strength, character, and endurance of a people,” wrote Cornel West. “Especially in these historic times, I can think of no better way to celebrate African American achievement than through a retrospective look at our history—painful and pleasurable. This is a book no American—black or white—can afford to ignore.”