Thursday, April 24, 2014

Commentary on Supreme Court Decision


While I was giving my lecture at Bexley Public Library last night, the ideas that had preoccupied me throughout the day went live on the Huffington Post blogs. I will post about the book lecture later. In the meantime, we must change the terms of the conversation about affirmative action! I hope this piece helps people do so with more confidence.

"Supreme Court Agrees with Michigan Voters: Affirmative Action Must Remain for Whites Only"

Especially if it resonates, I hope you'll consider sharing widely.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Upcoming Lecture at Bexley Public Library



Some have said that I seem to give lectures anywhere but in Columbus, Ohio. Well, I expect this will be my last "Living with Lynching" lecture of 2014. Hope to see you there! Please spread the word!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Library of Congress Lecture Available for On-Demand Viewing


Turns out, setting your DVR for the airing of my Library of Congress lecture didn't quite work because they started earlier than the advertised time of 11PM Eastern. Thankfully, C-Span 2's BookTV immediately made the complete video available for on-demand viewing online. Feel free to let me know what you think and/or if you have questions.  http://cs.pn/1fe0hYH

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Library of Congress lecture to air on BookTV



My Library of Congress lecture will air on C-Span 2's BookTV on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11PM Eastern/10PM Central. Details on BookTV's site.

Please join me in setting the DVR! I'd love to know what you think.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Certificate of Congressional Recognition


On Friday, March 14, 2014, I gave an invited lecture at the Library of Congress. Thanks to coordinated efforts by the University of Illinois Press (which published Living with Lynching) and the staff at the Library of Congress, C-Span's Book TV recorded the lecture and will air it soon. I also hope to receive quality photographs soon because I noticed at least one professional photographer. 

In the meantime, I'm delighted to share this memento. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee made the time to stop by before catching a plane to get home to Houston (where I grew up). She presented me with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition. I was literally speechless when she walked in, and I remain honored that she made the time to do this in person. It reads: 

Certificate of Congressional Recognition
Presented to
Dr. Koritha Mitchell
Recognition of Achievement

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that, on behalf of the constituents of the Eighteenth Congressional District of Texas, I take great pride in congratulating you for your outstanding book Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, and wish you much success during your lecture and book signing. You deserve the respect, admiration and commendation of the United States Congress.

Dr. Sibyl Moses, a remarkable librarian and scholar, found my work while doing some research and extended the invitation to speak at the Library of Congress. She then made sure that every element of the visit went well. We were both pleasantly surprised by the Congresswoman's appearance. What a way to end the day!