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 online program, Sonda Vasquez, president of the northwest Indiana chapter of NHBW, 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.
Please register in advance for this event:
(After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with information about joining the event. Your one-time registration will allow access to all of the online Native Son discussion programs, scheduled for June 4, June 18 and July 12.)
Note that the program begins at 3p.m. Central Daylight Time.
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This program received funding from an Indiana Humanities INcommon Grant.