Joel Christian Gill

discusses

Strange Fruit, Volume I
Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History

Co-sponsored by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research

This event includes a book signing

Date

Jun
18
Wednesday
June 18, 2014
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes founder of Strange Fruit Comics JOEL CHRISTIAN GILL for a discussion of Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History.

Strange Fruit, Volume I is a collection of stories from African American history that exemplifies success in the face of great adversity. This unique graphic anthology offers historical and cultural commentary on nine uncelebrated heroes whose stories are not often found in history books. Among the stories included are: Henry "Box" Brown, who escaped from slavery by mailing himself to Philadelphia; Alexander Crummel and the Noyes Academy, the first integrated school in America, established in the 1830s; Marshall "Major" Taylor, a.k.a. the Black Cyclone, the first black champion in any sport; and Bass Reeves, the most successful lawman in the Old West. Written and illustrated by Joel Christian Gill, the diverse art beautifully captures the spirit of each remarkable individual and opens a window into an important part of American history.

"By the time I finished reading Strange Fruit, I thought, let the comic-book sellers have their mythic superheroes; through Joel Gill, we can have our own. But, instead of flying around in capes or spinning webs, the superheroes in Strange Fruit are extraordinary-ordinary black folks making 'a way out of no way.' The difference: they really lived." Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

Joel Christian Gill
Joel Christian Gill

Joel Christian Gill

Joel Christian Gill is the chairman, CEO, president, director of development, manager, regional manager, assistant to the regional manager, receptionist, senior black correspondent and janitor of his Strange Fruit Comics. He is the author of Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride from Lion Forge and the award winning graphic novels Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History and Tales of The Talented Tenth from Fulcrum Publishing. In his free time he is Chair of Comic Arts at the New Hampshire Institute of Art where he inspires students to unleash the transformational potential of their stories. Gill has dedicated his life to using stories to rebuild and to encourage empathy and compassion. He received his MFA from Boston University and a BA from Roanoke College.

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Event Co-Sponsor(s)

Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University: http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/

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