For the smart and free-thinking, Black Market Reads is a podcast featuring conversations with today's most exciting Black literary voices. We are a podcast for any one who loves to read, write, and engage. Black Market Reads is a project of The Givens Foundation for African American Literature.
Wrapping up the fifth season of Black Market Reads, Lissa speaks with author and scholar Dr. Frank B. Wilderson, III about his latest work, Afropessimism (Liveright, 2020). From his youth in Minneapolis to Apartheid South Africa and beyond, Dr. Wilderson has been a committed activist for radical social change. His creative, scholarly, and critical work has been published internationally. He is the author of several books, including Incognegro: Memoir of Exile and Apartheid. And Red, White and Black. Dr. Wilderson is a professor of Drama and African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine.
Go Deeper: Additional Materials
Read: A Snapshot of Wilderson’s argument in this New Yorker Review
Learn: More about Sojourner Truth and read the text of her famous “Ain’t I a Woman” speech, delivered in 1851
Read: The text of the 1857 Dred Scott decision by the US Supreme Court
What is Dr. Wilderson Reading?: Clifford’s Blues by John A. Williams (and published by Minneapolis independent publisher Coffee House Press)