Literature Program
 


Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

Just Buffalo Literary Center

Toni Morrison

BABEL

Kleinhans Music Hall

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photo courtesy of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
On November 9, 2017, we will honor a momentous day in Buffalo's history—exactly 50 years to the day—after Dr. Martin Luther King spoke here at Kleinhans Music Hall on "The Future of Integration." We will welcome to this very stage, Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison. BABEL audiences will return to Morrison's novel, Beloved—her masterpiece ghost story about how the specter of slavery haunts us. Buffalo is now in the midst of a rebirth that some would say is bringing this rust belt city back from the ashes. And yet, as one of the most segregated cities in America, we still have a long road ahead. Let's grapple with that.

Fifty years ago, Dr. King dared to imagine a future free of segregation. Now, let us come together to be inspired by Toni Morrison's wisdom as we imagine the next fifty years.