Booker T. Dozier Recreation Complex, 2025 Middlebelt Rd. Inkster, MI 48141
Saturday, September 17, 2011
12:00pm to 4:30pm
The Josie Odum Morris Literacy Project (JOMLP) is excited to bring you interviews with authors who are reshaping the literary world and our local community. Each week we will profile and interview one new author and artist who will perform at our upcoming Literacy Day Extravaganza.
Danielle McGuire, is the author of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance-a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (Knopf, 2010).She is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Wayne State University. Her dissertation on sexualized racial violence and the African American freedom struggle received the 2011 Lillian Smith Book Award. McGuire is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has appeared on National Public Radio, BookTV (CSPAN) and dozens of local radio stations throughout the United States and Canada.
JOMLP: Why does "reading rock" for you?
Danielle McGuire: Reading is magical. It transports you to other worlds, puts you in other people's shoes, and teaches you about the world--past, present, and future.
JOMLP: Where do you find inspiration for your stories and characters?
Danielle McGuire: I'm a historian, so my work is based on real events and real people. I find a lot of stories to pursue in old newspapers.
JOMLP: What do you want to achieve with your writing?
Danielle McGuire: I use my writing to educate, to inspire readers toward activism/organizing and to foster reconciliation for past wrongs.