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Black is the Body- An Evening with Author Emily Bernard

black-body-evening-author-emily-bernard-15E. Shavers and Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum will host Emily Bernard for a discussion of her latest book "Black is the Body" 6p.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 27. This event is free to the public. A cash bar will be avaliable.  An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race-in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way-in twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays that explore, up-close, the complexities and paradoxes, the haunting memories and ambushing realities of growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man, of getting a PhD from Yale, of marrying a white man from the North, of adopting two babies from Ethiopia, of teaching at a white college and living in America's New England today. From the acclaimed editor of Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten ("A major contribution," Henry Louis Gates; "Magnificent," Washington Post)."I am black-and brown, too," writes Emily Bernard. "Brown is the body I was born into. Black is the body of the stories I tell."And the storytelling, and the mystery of Bernard's storytelling, of getting to the truth, begins with a stabbing in a New England college town. Bernard writes how, when she was a graduate student at Yale, she walked into a coffee shop and, along with six other people, was randomly attacked by a stranger with a knife ("I remember making the decision not to let the oddness of this stranger bother me"). "I was not stabbed because I was black," she writes (the attacker was white), "but I have always viewed the violence I survived as a metaphor for the violent encounter that has generally characterized American race relations. There was no connection between us, yet we were suddenly and irreparably bound by a knife, an attachment that cost us both: him, his freedom; me, my wholeness."Bernard explores how that bizarre act of violence set her free and unleashed the storyteller in her ("The equation of writin
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February 27, 2019
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February 27, 2019
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Ships of the Sea Museum 41 MLK Boulevard Savannah, Georgia 31401 United States
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