The National Portrait Gallery and DC Public Library invite you to a conversation about autobiography and Black representation in the 19th century. Joined by our special guest, Dr. Dana Williams of Howard University, we will analyze a portrait of Frederick Douglass and discuss the related collection of essays, " What Moves at the Margin: Selected Nonfiction" by Toni Morrison. The program is related to the reimagined permanent exhibition, Out of Many: Portraits from 1600 to 1900.” This program is an in-person event.
An essay from the collection, “The Site of Memory,” can be found here and will be the basis of the discussion. This program is part of the Library's DC Reads program focusing on Clint Smith's How the Word is Passed which opens with quotes from Morrison's essay as well as from Douglass. We invite you to read Smith's book for additional context.
DCPL cardholders can find copies of the book here.
Dana A. Williams is the Chair and Professor of African American Literature in the Department of English and Dean of the Graduate School at Howard University.