Angie Thomas | Virtual Event Details
Date: January 13, 2021
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Topic: The Hate U Give: Finding Your Activism and Turning the Political into the Personal
• Speaker address
• Moderated conversation
Open to the public!
Join us for a special virtual event that speaks to the heart of race, activism, and social change in America today.
Join us on January 13, 2021, 4 p.m. for a special virtual event with bestselling author Angie Thomas as she discusses the topic "The Hate U Give: Finding Your Activism and Turning the Political into the Personal."
In this talk, Angie Thomas traces the development of her captivating debut, The Hate U Give—and in so doing, speaks to the heart of race, activism, and social change in America today. She explains why young black people need to see themselves in fiction—especially as they are forced to see themselves, traumatically and routinely, as the victims of discrimination, poverty, and police brutality. She demonstrates why we need more compelling depictions of black girls in art, often lost in discussions of black youth in general. She argues for writing that can turn the merely political into the deeply personal: a way to inspire action and speaking truth to power. And she makes audiences see, and feel, why empathy is more powerful than sympathy—and when done right, that fiction can help us find our voice, or lend it to others. Ultimately, Angie Thomas is the young, outspoken writer ready to hit three truths home: that life fuels art, art mirrors life, and books can change lives.
The Hate U Give, which was also adapted into a blockbuster film, spent more than three years on The New York Times bestseller list. The novel explores the world of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter: a girl who walks a careful line between her upper-crust prep school and the poverty-stricken neighborhood where she grew up. But when she witnesses a police officer shooting her best friend Khalil—an unarmed youth—Starr is plunged into even more uncertainty. Amazon’s Audible named The Hate You Give one of their 10 Best Audiobooks of the decade.
Thomas' second book, On The Come Up, has also received stellar reviews and is currently being made into a film with Thomas herself producing. The book follows a talented teen rapper, Bri, and explores what it means to be young and black in America, when freedom of speech isn’t always free.
Thomas is the recipient of the William C. Morris Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and was nominated for the Michael L. Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award. She is the inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Born, raised, and still residing in Jackson, Mississippi—and a former teen rapper—she holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in hip hop.
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