Clint Smith, How the World Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

Clint Smith

Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, 2020 Emerson Fellow Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those that are honest about the past and those that are not—that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation’s collective history, and ourselves.

A deeply researched and transporting exploration of the legacy of slavery and its imprint on centuries of American history, How the Word Is Passed illustrates how some of our country’s most essential stories are hidden in plain view—whether in places we might drive by on our way to work, holidays such as Juneteenth, or entire neighborhoods like downtown Manhattan, where the brutal history of the trade in enslaved men, women, and children has been deeply imprinted.

On June 22, 2021 at 12 noon, join the New America Fellows Program, Clint Smith, and Adam Harris, Class of 2021, for a conversation about the role memory and history can play in making sense of our country and how it has come to be. Register Here.

High on the Hog with Steve Satterfield and Jamila Robinson

Stephen Satterfield

Netflix’s new limited series, High on the Hog, follows food writer Stephen Satterfield as he explores how African Americans in Philadelphia and other parts of the country transformed American cuisine. 

On the next Inquirer LIVE – Thursday, June 10, at 5 p.m. – join Satterfield and Inquirer food editor Jamila Robinson for a conversation about High on the Hog, Philly’s robust food scene and culinary history, Juneteenth, and African American contributions to America’s kitchens. Register Here.

The Boston Glove Film Festival – 2021

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Meet the Media

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Free Spirit Conference 2021 Programs

Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media
Monday, June 21, 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. Eastern

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson will receive the 2021 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media. Register here.

Isabel Wilkerson

A Conversation with Abby Phillip on Her Path to the CNN Anchor Desk’
Wednesday, June 23, 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern

Phillips shares her experiences in a Q&A with the Free Spirit scholars. Donors are invited to watch. Join here.

‘From Freedom Riders to Racial Justice’
Thursday, June 24, 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern

Rick Rojas, a reporter for The New York Times and alum of the Free Spirit and Chips Quinn Scholars programs, moderates a conversation with Freedom Rider Dr. Ernest “Rip” Patton and activist DeRay Mckesson sharing their life experiences and discussing the role of the media in civil rights movements. Donors are invited to watch this Free Spirit scholars program. Join here.

Abby Phillip
Rick Rojas