This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.
Join critically acclaimed actors André Holland and Phylicia Rashad as they perform a dramatic reading of Toni Morrison’s new book, The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations. The actors will read selections curated by Morrison scholar and Columbia University professor Farah Jasmine Griffin, which 92Y commissioned for the event.
In The Source of Self-Regard, Morrison takes on a wide range of topics with resonance today—the complex history of race relations in the US, migration and the notion of borders, feminism and social politics, among many others. She also offers appraisals of renowned writers and artists, such as James Baldwin, William Faulkner and Romare Bearden, as well as her own work.
“Toni Morrison’s words ring with clarity, wisdom, compassion, and beauty,” said Rashad, the Tony Award-winning actor well known for A Raisin in the Sun, among many other theater and television roles. “It is an honor to speak them aloud.” André Holland’s film and theater credits include Moonlight, High Flying Bird, Selma and August Wilson’s Jitney on Broadway.