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Book Talk with Clint Smith

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The first installment in our summer series of Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks will feature Clint Smith, author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America (Little, Brown and Company, 2021) and staff writer at the Atlantic.

Smith’s reading will be followed by a discussion with Kyera Singleton, executive director of the Royall House and Slave Quarters, in Medford, Massachusetts.

The event will also include audience Q and A. 

This program is presented as part of the Presidential Initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, a University-wide effort housed at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, in collaboration with the Royall House and Slave Quarters.


Clint Smith is a staff writer at the Atlantic. He is the author of the recently released narrative nonfiction book How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery across America, which was a number-one New York Times best seller, and the poetry collection Counting Descent, which won the 2017 BCALA Literary Award for best poetry from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He is also the host of the YouTube series Crash Course Black American History.

Smith received his BA in English from Davidson College and his PhD in education from Harvard University.

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