Margaret Edds will discuss her new book and sign copies available for purchase from Book People.
Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 6:30 pm in the Gellman Room at the Main Library
From MargaretEdds.com: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s “blackface scandal” could have destroyed any politician. The photo of Governor Northam purportedly in blackface created a firestorm not only locally but also in every political sphere. What the Eyes Can’t See details why Northam’s career did not end with the scandal, and how it made him a better governor—and a better citizen and doctor. Encouraged and prodded by Black legislators and citizens, Northam came to a deeper understanding of the racism and pain the photograph symbolized. To Northam’s credit, he listened, and more importantly learned the lessons of endemic, systemic racism and applied those lessons to his legislative agenda. Edds provides a revealing examination of race in the nation, how racism might be addressed and reckoned with, and how we all may find a measure of redemption in listening to one another.