When Crack Was King | A Conversation with Donovan X. Ramsey

This free, public event features Donovan X. Ramsey, author of When Crack Was King, and Vaughn Rasberry, Associate Professor of English at Stanford, in conversation to discuss lessons learned from the crack epidemic and what we owe survivors of the crack era.

About the Speakers

Donovan X. Ramsey is a journalist, author, and an indispensable voice on issues of identity, justice, and patterns of power in America. Ramsey is the author of When Crack Was King: A People's History of a Misunderstood Era, a work of narrative nonfiction exploring how Black America survived the crack epidemic. He was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He holds degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Morehouse College.

Vaughn Rasberry is Associate Professor of English at Stanford who studies African American and African Diaspora literature, twentieth-century American fiction, postcolonial theory, and philosophical theories of modernity. Rasberry also serves as Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education and is the author of Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics and the Black Literary Imagination.

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