NEPHEW & PROTAGONIST
JAMES BALDWIN’s nephew, Téjan Karefa-Smart, will be at the Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore to speak of his infamous uncle's only children's publication for which he was the inspiration.
"It is not the Black child's language that is in question, it is not his language that is despised: It is his experience. A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled. A child cannot be taught by anyone whose demand, essentially, is that the child repudiate his experience, and all that gives him sustenance, and enter a limbo in which he will no longer be Black, and in which he knows that he can never become white. Black people have lost too many Black children that way." – James Baldwin