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May 16, 2021
“Native Son” 80 Years Later
Explore the groundbreaking novel and its impact on America
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Richard Wright’s Native Son was an immediate best-seller, selling 250,000 hardcover copies within three weeks of its publication by the Book-of-the-Month Club in March 1940. One of the earliest successful attempts to explain the racial divide in America, Native Son established Wright as a spokesperson for African American issues and the ‘‘father of Black American literature.” As Irving Howe said, “The day Native Son appeared, American culture was changed forever.’’

In this program, McKenya Dilworth, Gary educator and director of the Morning Bishop Theatre Playhouse, will provide an introduction to Richard Wright and Native Son, while Sue Rutsen of the Nelson Algren Museum of Miller Beach will explore the friendship between Wright and novelist Nelson Algren.

The program is scheduled for the Nelson Algren Sound Stage at 616 S. Lake St. in Gary, but in the event of inclement weather, it will move to the Nelson Algren Museum of Miller Beach at 540 S. Lake St., Gary. 

Note that the program begins at 4 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

Masks are required for entry.

Limited copies of Native Son  will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit www.nelsonalgrenmuseumofmillerbeach.com, email suerutsen@gmail.com or call 773.914.2574.

This program received funding from an INcommon Grant.

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May 16, 2021, 4:00pm - 5:30pm