Dr. Joan Steinau Lester’s acclaimed memoir Loving Before Loving: A Marriage in Black and White provides a deeply personal look at a 1960s-era marriage and the civil rights context in which it grew.
Braiding personal and political history, it tells a story of love and justice surrounding the Supreme Court’s landmark 1967 decision striking down bans on interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia and applies it to this era's racial reckoning.
In “Love: Essential for Social Justice Work,” Joan is in conversation with her longtime colleague, the prominent social justice educator Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, about the healing force of love--and potential for activists today.
Take-Aways from the event:
Be inspired by social justice activist history, applied to current needs.
Gain appreciation for the power of love in creating social change, now when it is so desperately needed.
See an egalitarian, mutual respectful, and loving relationship modeled between two adults of different generations, ethnicities, and genders.
About Dr. Joan Steinau Lester:
Dr. Joan Steinau Lester is an award-winning commentator and the author of six books. Her most recent is the memoir Loving Before Loving: A Marriage in Black and White (University of Wisconsin Press, 2021).
Her writing has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Washington Post, Essence, Ebony, Executive Female, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Ms. Magazine, Black Issues in Higher Education, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, New York Times, Huffington Post, Persimmon Tree, and Common Dreams, among others. Commentaries have frequently aired on PRI’s Marketplace and NPR’s All Things Considered.
Recognitions include the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Siegenthaler Award for a National Public Radio commentary, as well as finalist awards for both the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction (for her novel Mama’s Child) and the Arts & Letters Susan Atefat Prize in Creative Nonfiction.
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