NYU: Center for Black Visual Culture
at the Institute for African American Affairs
a Book Talk with Farah Jasmine Griffin
“Read until you understand” is a line the author’s father, who passed away when she was nine years old, wrote in a note to her. That line is central to this book about love of the majestic power of words and love of the magnificence of Black life. Rooted in the culture of Black genius and the legacy of books from the home library that her father left her, Dr. Griffin explores a lifetime of discoveries which include the ideas that inspired the stunning oratory of Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X, the inventive artistry of Romare Bearden, the daring literature of Phillis Wheatley and Toni Morrison, and much more.