Upcoming Event

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. at The Brattle Theatre

presenting

We Are the Leaders
We Have Been Looking For

in conversation with IMANI PERRY

Date

Apr
18
Thursday
April 18, 2024
6:00 PM ET
(Doors at 5:30)

Location

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

$34.00 (book included) $8.00 (admission only)

Harvard Book Store welcomes EDDIE S. GLAUDE JR.—James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University and New York Times bestselling author of Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own—for a discussion of his new book We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For. He will be joined in conversation by IMANI PERRY—Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and National Book Award winning author of South to America and Looking for Lorraine.

Ticketing

There are two ticketing options for this event. Books will be pre-signed by the author.

Book-Included Ticket: Includes admission for one and one hardcover copy of Begin Again pre-signed by the author.

Admission-Only Ticket: Includes admission for one

About We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For

We are more than the circumstances of our lives, and what we do matters. In We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For, one of the nation’s preeminent scholars and a New York Times bestselling author, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., makes the case that the hard work of becoming a better person should be a critical feature of Black politics. Through virtuoso interpretations of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Ella Baker, Glaude shows how ordinary people have the capacity to be the heroes that our democracy so desperately requires, rather than outsourcing their needs to leaders who purportedly represent them.

Based on the Du Bois Lectures delivered at Harvard University, the book begins with Glaude’s unease with the Obama years. He felt then, and does even more urgently now, that the excitement around the Obama presidency had become a disciplining tool to narrow legitimate forms of Black political dissent. This narrowing continues to undermine the well-being of Black communities. In response, Glaude guides us away from the Scylla of enthusiastic reliance on elected leaders and the Charybdis of full surrender to a belief in unchanging political structures. Glaude weaves anecdotes about his own evolving views on Black politics together with the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Dewey, Sheldon Wolin, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, and Ralph Ellison.

Narrated with passion and philosophical intensity, this book is a powerful reminder that if American democracy is to survive, we must build a better society that derives its strength from the pew, not the pulpit.

Praise for We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For

"We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For is nothing short of a complete refreshment of the concept of intellectual vocation. It is a work of critical and rigorous social theory, elegant prose, and immediate political consequence. We know Glaude is prolific and pathbreaking as a scholar and highly influential as an intellectual working for the public good. But in this book, we see Glaude as we haven’t previously witnessed—a public philosopher." —Imani Perry, author of South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation

"Reading We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For is like attending a jazz concert with all of one’s favorite musicians. In his long meditation on the nature of intellectual and cultural inheritance, of nostalgia and self-possession, of prophecy and soul-craft, Glaude riffs on some of the most compelling voices in the tradition: James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Ella Baker, Toni Morrison, and more. In one relatively short volume, he brilliantly takes us on an epic tour through their lives and work." —Henry Louis Gates, Jr., author of The Black Box: Writing the Race

Masking Policy

Masks are encouraged but not required for this event.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the author of several books, including Democracy in Black and the New York Times bestseller Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, winner of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Book Prize. He frequently appears in the media as an MSNBC contributor on programs like Morning Joe and Deadline: White House. A native of Moss Point, Mississippi, Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University.

Photo Credit: Sameer A. Khan

Imani Perry
Imani Perry

Imani Perry

Imani Perry is the Henry A. Morss, Jr. and Elisabeth W. Morss Professor of Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality and of African and African American Studies and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute. She is a 2023 MacArthur Foundation fellow and the author of 8 books, the most recent being the 2022 National Book Award winner for Nonfiction: South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation


 

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 10 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and proceed along Brattle St. Follow Brattle St. as it curves to the right in Brattle Square (follow the sidewalk on the right side of the street). The Brattle will be on the left-hand side of the street. The building is shared with Algiers Cafe and Alden & Harlow Restaurant, and the theatre entrance is on the left side of the building—look for the sidewalk poster case and marquee.

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