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Kathryn Schulz: The Lost Giant of American Literature

January 31, 2018 – The Lost Giant of American Literature

William Melvin Kelley was one of the most important writers of fiction who most people never heard of. His 1962 novel A Different Drummer portrays the world of race relations in the American South through a unique and powerful voice. Kelley was “rediscovered” by our guest Kathryn Schulz, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning feature writer for The New Yorker. Schulz’ fascinating article “The Lost Giant of American Literature,” about her journey uncovering the world and work of William Melvin Kelley, is published in this week’s New Yorker. It would behoove us all to rediscover A Different Drummer as we wrestle with race in the 21st Century.

Click here to read the article written by Kathryn Schulz.

African American Children’s Book Festival

readingMay 1, 2014 – Segment 3

We look at African American Children’s Literature, with: Dr. Mubina Kirmani,professor in the College of Education at Towson University and author of Bundle of Secrets: Savita Returns Home, and Helen Yuen, Marketing Director at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum will host the 2nd Annual African American Children’s Book Festival on Saturday May 10, from one to four pm. For more information, visit