Book Release Lecture: “Pauline Hopkins, Marcus Garvey, Tony Martin, and Wakanda”

On Friday, March 1st, 2019 I am scheduled to lecture about my first book entitled Pauline Hopkins and Advocacy Journalism at the 2019 Spring Literary Forum at Florida A&M University.

Orders of signed copies of my new book are available after Monday, March 4th. To order a signed copy, click on “Buy My Books” on my homepage.

This lecture will include a reading from excerpts of my Introduction, first, second, and sixth chapters of the book. This lecture is entitled “Pauline Hopkins, Marcus Garvey, Tony Martin and Wakanda.”

It begins with the reading of my first book, then proceeds to describe Wakanda at the end of the 2018 film Black Panther film in terms of how both Pauline Hopkins and Marcus Garvey described the concept of Black Nationalism in their works. The kernel of this lecture will be Hopkins’s 1900 biographical profile of Toussaint L’Ouverture. It will end with discussion of Tony Martin’s works Race First and In Nobody’s Backyard. It will conclude positing what Hopkins’s and Garvey’s works say about what it takes to maintain and nurture a “Wakanda” or Black nation in the twenty first century.

Thank you Dr. Natalie King-Pedroso for the invitation, and thanks to State Farm Insurance, FAMU Student Government, 220 Quarterback Club, Attorney Joe Lang Kershaw and Deana Ponso, Quality Enhancement Program, the Riley Center and Museum, the FAMU College of Social Sciences, FAMU College of Humanities, the FAMU Literary Guild, and the FAMU Department of English and Modern Languages. -RF.