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Eddie S. Glaude Jr. at The Brattle Theatre

April 18 @ 6:00 pm

 |  $34


April 18
6:00 pm
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Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


Harvard Book Store
(617) 661-1515

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Harvard Book Store welcomes EDDIE S. GLAUDE JR.—James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University and New York Times bestselling author of Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own—for a discussion of his new book We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For. He will be joined in conversation by IMANI PERRY—Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and National Book Award winning author of South to America and Looking for Lorraine.


Tickets include admission for one and one hardcover copy of We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For pre-signed by the author.

About We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For

We are more than the circumstances of our lives, and what we do matters. In We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For, one of the nation’s preeminent scholars and a New York Times bestselling author, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., makes the case that the hard work of becoming a better person should be a critical feature of Black politics. Through virtuoso interpretations of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Ella Baker, Glaude shows how ordinary people have the capacity to be the heroes that our democracy so desperately requires, rather than outsourcing their needs to leaders who purportedly represent them.

Based on the Du Bois Lectures delivered at Harvard University, the book begins with Glaude’s unease with the Obama years. He felt then, and does even more urgently now, that the excitement around the Obama presidency had become a disciplining tool to narrow legitimate forms of Black political dissent. This narrowing continues to undermine the well-being of Black communities. In response, Glaude guides us away from the Scylla of enthusiastic reliance on elected leaders and the Charybdis of full surrender to a belief in unchanging political structures. Glaude weaves anecdotes about his own evolving views on Black politics together with the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Dewey, Sheldon Wolin, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, and Ralph Ellison.

Narrated with passion and philosophical intensity, this book is a powerful reminder that if American democracy is to survive, we must build a better society that derives its strength from the pew, not the pulpit.