Henry Dumas, one of the most mercurial writers of the 1960s Black Arts Movement, was killed by a white transit policeman in 1968 on a Harlem subway platform. The circumstances of his death were never fully explained. Most of his fiction and poetry was published posthumously through the efforts of former Random House editor and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. Jeffrey Leak, professor of English and Africana Studies in UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and faculty president, reveals Dumas’ personal story and how his work found its way into print in Visible Man (University of Georgia Press).
Leak will discuss his prize-winning book and how he came to write it at Personally Speaking on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at UNC Charlotte Center City (320 E. 9th St., Charlotte 28202). The conversation will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception where Leak will autograph copies of his book. The event is open to the public without charge, but RSVPs are requested at http://clas.uncc.edu/engagement/personally-speaking. Click on the Leak title on the left, then click on REGISTER NOW, or call 704-687-0085. Complimentary parking is available at lots directly across 9th Street and across Brevard Street from UNC Charlotte Center City.
The Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc., gave Visible Man its annual best Nonfiction award for 2014.