Eastern Michigan University Library
Thomas A. Fleming Collection & Lecture Series
Richard Wright- Black Boy
The opening Kellogg-Fleming Lecture focuses on the life and works of Richard Wright, who was among the first African American writers to achieve literary fame and fiction. Among his best-known works are the novel "Native Son" (1940) and the autobiography "Black Boy" (1945).
"This is a black man that knows what he's talking about," said Thomas A. Fleming. "I read everything by Richard Wright I could get my hands on."
The works of Wright were the first to have an impact on Fleming. This discovery of black history and the validation of his own experience propelled Fleming to "become a person" through reading.
Programs and Schedule:
Join us for a special viewing of the Emmy award winning video, Richard Wright- Black Boy. After the film, have a discussion about the film with A. Whitney Brown, a comedian probably best known for his recurring appearance on Saturday Night Live in the 1980's and Madison Davis Lacy, the director and producer of the film. Pizza and refreshments will be provided for all.
Please join us in honoring Thomas A. Fleming at the inauguration of the Thomas A. Fleming African American History and Literature Collection. We are delighted to begin the Kellogg-Fleming Lecture Series with a talk by Madison Davis Lacy, Emmy award winning writer, director and producer of Richard Wright-Black Boy & two of the programs for Eyes on the Prize II.
Missed viewing of the film? Come for another showing of the Emmy award winning video, Richard Wright- Black Boy.