Two Jacksonians — and lifelong friends with very different perspectives — discussed their hopes for the future of their city. Acclaimed author Kiese Laymon and the youngest mayor in Jackson’s history, Chokwe Lumumba, discussed their personal relationships to the city, its deeply rooted inequities, its rich cultural heritage, and the importance of civic and artistic communities in shaping its future.
ArtsThe Art of the MemoirJUN25Tue Jun 25, 2019Aspen Meadows
Award-winning memoirists from Miami, Jackson, Mississippi and New York City who tackled the subject of identity and feelings of otherness in their country and in their homes, spoke of what compelled them to share their stories in an incisive conversation co-presented with Aspen Words. In the excerpt below the authors speak about the transcendent qualities of memoir and the search for truth in their writing.