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race | Nov 15th, 2021

Nikole Hannah-Jones Releases the Book Version of Her Landmark ‘1619 Project’

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story is an expanded version of The New York Times’ project, with longer essays, new fiction and poetry, and writing on topics like the Haitian Revolution.  An eye-opening account of the relationship between slavery and modern capitalism, the original ‘1619 Project... Continue Reading →
race | Oct 26th, 2021

Historian Kathleen Belew Presents: A Field Guide to White Supremacy

In this non-fiction anthology, co-edited alongside Ramón A. Gutiérrez, Kathleen Belew reveals how the ideals of white supremacy operate in American life.   A Field Guide to White Supremacy is a remarkably far-reaching book featuring the work of brilliant writers, scholars, and commentators. It... Continue Reading →
race | Oct 22nd, 2021

Celebrated Essayist Teju Cole Offers Hope and Meaning During Dark Times

In his new book Black Paper, Teju Cole explores what it was like to be a Black man in America between 2016 and 2019, through the lenses of art, literature, politics, and activism.   How do we sustain our humanity during times of darkness? And what does it mean to bear witness to the humanity of... Continue Reading →
race | Aug 3rd, 2021

The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb Contextualizes a Historic Study on American Racism

A new look at a shocking 1960s government report on systemic racism, edited by Lavin Speaker Jelani Cobb, reveals how we’re tragically repeating history.  In The Essential Kerner Commission Report, Columbia professor and New Yorker correspondent Jelani Cobb, and his co-editor UC Berkeley... Continue Reading →
race | Apr 30th, 2021

Historian Annette Gordon-Reed Explores the Long Road to Juneteenth in Her New Book

On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger announced the end of legalized slavery in Galveston, Texas—the state where award-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed was born and raised. In her new book On Juneteenth, she explores the holiday’s integral importance to American history, both from the... Continue Reading →
race | Nov 4th, 2020

Liberty & Justice for All: A Lavin Exclusive

The United States has historically been a nation in deep denial of its own past. But today, the country—indeed, the entire world—is facing a racial reckoning of epic proportions. Between a global pandemic that disproportionately affects Black communities, the tragic deaths of George Floyd and... Continue Reading →
race | Aug 12th, 2020

How To Have Better Conversations About Race At Work

We, as a society, haven’t been the same since the horrifying video of George Floyd’s death circulated the Internet earlier this year. Beyond the international protests against police brutality, this tragic incident has sparked a wider conversation about racial bias in all areas of our... Continue Reading →
race | Jun 3rd, 2020

Black Lives Matter: A Statement from The Lavin Agency

We at The Lavin Agency have prided ourselves on supporting and aligning with diverse perspectives on race, religion, gender, sexuality, climate activism, and social justice. And while we normally let our speakers—the experts—do the talking, we also felt we had a responsibility to speak up ourselves... Continue Reading →
race | Apr 16th, 2020

Public Policy Expert Heather McGhee Explores the Hidden Cost of Racism in Her New TED Talk

In an eye-opening talk for TED, Heather McGhee reveals how a surprising on-air confrontation around racial prejudice helped her make a stunning realization about our current economic landscape. It turns out, racism isn’t just bad for people of color. It’s bad for everyone. As Heather McGhee... Continue Reading →
race | Jan 7th, 2020

Lavin's Top Race Speakers Explore the Past and Present, and Share Their Solutions for the Future

As we enter a new decade, there’s a lot to look forward to—and a lot left to fight for. And unfortunately, racism isn’t a relic of shameful times past—it’s still very much alive today. Here at The Lavin Agency, our Top Race Speakers tackle this tough topic from all angles—public policy, pop culture... Continue Reading →
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