The GLCs 20th Year Anniversary

David W. Blight & Ta-Nehisi Coates discuss Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, the History Department at Yale, and the Yale University Art Gallery celebrate the release of David W. Blight’s new biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Simon & Schuster 2018). Join us for a stimulating conversation in the Yale University Art Gallery’s lecture hall. Within the context of Frederick Douglass’s development as a thinker, activist, and political figure, Professor Blight (Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center) will discuss the book with author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Courtesy of Atticus Bookstore and Café, both authors’ books will be available for sale at the end of the program. Professor Blight will be available to sign copies of his book.

For their generous support of this program, the Gilder Lehrman Center thanks the Belonging at Yale initiative of the Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life, the Yale University Art Gallery, and Atticus Bookstore and Café.

This program is free and open to the public. Bring as few personal items as possible. Bags will be inspected upon entrance. No large bags or backpacks, sharp objects, liquids, umbrellas, or signs will be permitted.

A live stream feed of this event will be available at:

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