Grace Farms Foundation’s Race & American Memory series seeks to examine the ways in which Americans comprehend and recall national history by revisiting instances, ideas, and lives, which have suffered negative revision or erasure. Ultimately, the series allows us the opportunity to understand race and the many ways it has shaped our personal and national stories.
On Feb. 17, The Unexpected Journey of an American Woman will continue the series through the exploration of two authors’ timely recollections of their own personal family histories. The stories told by memoirist and domestic violence activist, Dede Bartlett, and Yale poet and author, Danielle Chapman, invite us to examine the ways in which we understand our personal narratives in relationship to national history.
“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage- to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness. ” – Alex Haley
The resources in the slideshow below provide an introduction to this event through various literary forms including memoir, history, and commentary.