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Africana Studies Hosts ‘Black Joy’ Author Next Week

Janis “Jan” Johnson, Director, Africana Studies Program; Clinical Associate Professor of English. Image depicts Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts, provided by Lewis-Giggetts.

MOSCOW, Idaho — Feb. 23, 2023 — The author of “Black Joy: Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration” will speak at the University of Idaho Africana Studies Department’s Distinguished Speaker lecture at 5 p.m. next Thursday, March 2, online.

Writer, educator and storyteller Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts, who has written books on Black experience, healing and wellness, will speak about her most recent work, “Black Joy.” The book includes 36 lyrical autobiographical essays that celebrate the redemptive strength of joy in Black culture and explore why joy is critical for Black personal and collective healing. The work won the 2023 NAACP Image Award for outstanding literary work — instructional.

Attendance is free and open to all. Advance online registration is required.

The event is sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, the Black History Research Lab, the Black/African American Cultural Center and U of I.