January 18, 2019 On Campus
2019-01-18 19:30 2019-01-18 21:00 America/New_York Real American: On Learning to Love Myself in a Country Where Black Lives Were Never Meant to Matter Kemper Auditorium Andover

Real American: On Learning to Love Myself in a Country Where Black Lives Were Never Meant to Matter

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Kemper Auditorium

A presentation by best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims

6th Annual Mixed Heritage Awareness Week Celebration Keynote Speaker


Julie Lythcott-Haims is the only child of a marriage between an African-American father and a white British mother. Her recent book, Real American: A Memoir, briskly and stirringly evokes her personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism routinely inflicts on people of color. She shows indelibly how so-called “micro” aggressions, in addition to blunt force insults, can puncture a person’s inner life with a thousand sharp cuts. Through Lythcott-Haims’s path to self-acceptance, Real American also expresses the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of incessantly being considered “the other.”

“By allowing us to witness a woman coming to terms with herself, and finding nothing but pride and love there, Lythcott-Haims offers a blueprint for how others might try to do the same.” —The New York Times Book Review

Books will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow the presentation. 

Dessert will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Julie Lythcott-Haims’s visit is sponsored by MOSAIC (Phillips Academy’s mixed heritage affinity group), the Office of Community and Multicultural Development, and the Office of the Head of School and is made possible by the John H. Hosch III Memorial Fund.


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