This blog is for everything related to the book Living with Lynching by Koritha Mitchell, published in October 2011 by the University of Illinois Press. So much has happened in the book's first few months of existence! Having this space will help me remember to document more of what happens so that I can share with whomever is interested. Thank you for joining me on this journey of grappling with difficult issues and thinking critically but also celebrating.
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!
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!
I have been invited to lectureat 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 http://bit.ly/1pGoRWh