Annette Gordon-Reed, Author of ‘On Juneteenth,’ to Talk About Black History Month at VCU Libraries – VCU News

Annette Gordon-Reed, the first African-American recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for History and one of the most authoritative voices on race and history in America, will deliver the 21st annual Black History Month VCU libraries.

Gordon-Reed, Professor of History at Harvard University School of Arts and Sciences and Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School, is the author of six books, including “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family”, which received the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2009 and the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2008; and his most recent book, “On Juneteenth,” published in 2021.

At VCU, Gordon-Reed will deliver a lecture based on “On Juneteenth,” which weaves together American history, a dramatic family chronicle, and memoir to reveal the story of Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. United. June 19 became a federal holiday in 2021.

“‘On Juneteenth’ offers a historian’s perspective on the country’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships African Americans have endured in the century since, from the reconstruction in Jim Crow and beyond,” according to the publisher. , Liveright. “All too aware of the tales of cowboys, ranchers, and oilmen that have long dominated Lone Star State lore, Gordon-Reed—herself a native of Texas and a descendant of slaves brought to Texas as early as the 1820s— forges a new and deeply truthful narrative of his homeland, with implications for all of us.

The Gordon-Reed lecture will be free and open to the public, although registration is required. To register, visit

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on February 10 in the Cabell Conference Room at the James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave. It will also be streamed live to registered attendees.

“The work of Annette Gordon-Reed speaks to our times, illuminating history that does not shy away from the heartbreaking and tragic, but is based on careful research and examination of primary source documentation. It exemplifies scientific research that makes a librarian’s heart sing,” said Irene Herold, Ph.D., Dean of Libraries and University Librarian.

After the talk, Gordon-Reed will answer questions from the audience and sign copies of the book, which will be available for sale on site.

Gordon-Reed’s other books include “Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy” – a review of academic writings on the relationship between Jefferson and Hemings, which exposes the possibility that scholars have been misled by their own biases and may even have distorted evidence to preserve their pre-existing views of Jefferson. His book “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination” features a character study of Jefferson that challenges the scholarly status quo of his portrayal throughout history. And his next book, “A Jefferson Reader on Race,” is slated for release in 2022.

Gordon-Reed’s honors include the National Medal of Humanities, awarded by President Barack Obama; a Guggenheim Fellowship; and a MacArthur Fellowship. She was also elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Academy’s Humanities and Social Sciences Commission. In 2019, she was elected a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society.

His lecture will be the 21st Black History Month Lecture hosted by VCU Libraries. Last year’s event featured Marcia Chatelain, Ph.D., author of “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America,” which chronicles how fast food has become one of the biggest generators of black wealth. in America and who went on to receive the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for History.

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