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Native Son 80 Years Later

Hosted by Morning Bishop Theatre Playhouse

Explore the groundbreaking novel and its impact on America.

July 19
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
The Shops
487 Broadway
Gary, IN 46402

Event Details

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 lead a discussion of the book, focusing on themes such as the oppressive nature of racism on both the oppressed and oppressor, the psychology of poverty and the concept of justice in both theory and practice.

Note that the program begins at 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

For more information, email theatreofpurpose@gmail.com.

This program received funding from an Indiana Humanities INcommon Grant.