Kekla Magoon: Behind the Headlines

Behind the Headlines: New Perspectives and Empathy in How It Went Down and the 21st Century Civil Rights Movement

Join young adult author Kekla Magoon on Thursday, September 21, at 7:00 pm, for a reading and lecture on understanding the impact of race and bias on individuals and communities. Magoon is the author of eight young adult novels including How It Went Down, the story of a sixteen-year-old African-American male gunned down by a white policeman and how people struggle to make sense of the shooting.

This event is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the talk in partnership with Northshire Bookstore.

States of Incarceration is organized for the Tang Teaching Museum by Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs, Tang Teaching Museum, and Eric Morser, Associate Professor of History, Skidmore College with Skidmore College students from the course “Adventures in Public History: The Prison Project.” The exhibition is supported by National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and at Skidmore College by Project VIS, the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative, and the Skidmore College History Department. For a complete list of public programs, visit the States of Incarceration exhibition page.

About Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon has received an NAACP Image Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, two Coretta Scott King Honors, The Walter Award Honor, and has been long listed for the National Book Award. She also writes non-fiction on historical topics. Magoon holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she now serves on faculty. Learn more about her here.

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