Family. Race. Hope. Forgiveness.
"The Song and the Silence" chronicles Yvette Johnson's passionate pursuit of her family’s past as she travels to Greenwood - in the Mississippi Delta - to discover the true story of her late grandfather Booker Wright, whose extraordinary act of courage cemented him as a civil rights activist and changed the trajectory of their lives. Johnson takes readers through her personal journey of uncovering and unpacking the history of the town and her family. It is in the stories of those who came before that Johnson finds a new understanding of herself and a hopeful vision for the future.
Join us for an evening of storytelling and discussion with Yvette Johnson that will address race and racism, identity and explore what it means to be an American.
A book signing will immediately follow.
Free | Open to the Public | Light Refreshments
About the Author:
Yvette Johnson is the executive director of the Booker Wright Project, an accomplished filmmaker, writer, blogger, workshop facilitator and speaker.
In her role with The Booker Wright Project, Ms. Johnson has facilitated workshops on unconscious bias for various organizations including the Tempe and Flagstaff Police Departments. She has spoken extensively to different groups about the importance of rediscovering our shared humanity, the freedom that comes with recognizing our unconscious biases and why it is dangerous to vilify those who once stood on the wrong side of history.
Ms. Johnson co-produced the award-winning feature-length documentary film, Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story, which had its 2012 world premiered in New York City at the internationally recognized Tribeca Film Festival. A year later, publisher Simon and Schuster purchased the rights to her story. "The Song and the Silence" a memoir about her upbringing, the town that first coveted, then eventually crushed her family, and of course, her grandfather Booker Wright’s brave and defiant legacy was published on May 1, 2017.