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Ben Burgess, Jr. Author of Black and White
October 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ben Burgess, Jr. will be joining us to read from his novel, Black and White. When the prestigious law firm of Wayne, Rothstein, and Lincoln catches two major cases—a rape case where a White NBA star allegedly raped a Black stripper, and a murder case where a Black rapper allegedly killed a gay couple and two policemen—Bill O’Neil and Ben Turner are tasked to handle these racially charged litigations. The cases hit emotional chords with the two lawyers and force them to reckon with their interracial relationships and families. Will the racial tension of their cases destroy them or make them stronger? Ben is the author of the award-winning novels Monster, Wounded, the poetry book Times Have Changed and Life is Strange, and Love and Happiness. He is an active performer of spoken word poetry. He uses his love of writing to inspire and influence youths to strive for what they believe in, and to never give up on their dreams. He has a BA degree in Business Management and an MA degree in Educational Leadership. He is the proud father of his daughter, Jaelynn, and is active in trying to improve urban neighborhoods and communities. We look forward to seeing you!