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!

Friday, March 7, 2014

On Friday, March 7, 2014, I was a guest on Greg Rasheed's Soul Seekers "The Root and Roots" program on Blogtalk Radio. It was a lively conversation in anticipation of my lecture at the Library of Congress on Friday, March 14, 2014.

You can listen HERE!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Speaking at the Library of Congress!!!

I have been invited to lecture at the Library of Congress!!! Please spread the word widely! The lecture is at noon on Friday, March 14, when many colleges and universities in the area are on Spring Break. However, part of the joy of being invited to speak at the Library of Congress is reaching people not affiliated with a university, so please share widely. Downloading the flyer from here shouldn't be a problem, but feel free to email me for the original file at

Specifics on location: Library of Congress, Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd floor of the James Madison Building, which is at the corner of 1st Street and Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C., 20540

Also, here is the LOC's press release

Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday, March 3 at 6PM Eastern. JOIN US online!!

TODAY!!! 6pm Eastern. The kick-off event for the #SheDocs online film festival. American Masters | PBS and Women and Girls Lead present a special online screening of ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH. The filmmaker, Pratibha Parmar, and I will be online to interact with those watching along. Please spread the word!!! Anyone can join in live via