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Stirring Up Good Trouble: MLK Commemoration Keynote and Q and A With Author Deesha Philyaw
Civil rights leader and statesman John Lewis passed away in July, 2020. After a lifetime spent fighting racial inequality, Lewis left behind a legacy for others to keep his memory and his work alive. Lewis served to keep the title of the nation “the land of the free." However, he did not do this alone. Gaining inspiration from the nation’s revolutionary hero, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lewis shook the foundation of civil rights when he became a freedom fighter. With King, Lewis helped plan the March on Washington, where he spoke the words, “To those who have said, be patient and wait, we have long said that we cannot be patient. We do not want our freedom gradually, but we want to be free now!” Lewis would go on to get elected to congress and serve 17 terms on the House of Representatives. In 2018, he wrote, “Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” In remembrance of John Lewis and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we honor activism and the push for change. Let’s continue devoting new life, focus, and energy into addressing issues of racial inequality—by stirring up “good trouble, necessary trouble.”

Jan 20, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Deesha Philyaw
Author, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
Deesha Philyaw is the author of the debut short story collection The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, which was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. She is also the author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce. Philyaw work has been listed as Notable in the Best American Essays series, and her writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Brevity, dead housekeeping, Apogee Journal, Catapult, Harvard Review, Ebony, and Bitch magazines, as well as various anthologies. She is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and a past Pushcart Prize nominee for essay writing in Full Grown People. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA.