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Race in America: Giving Voice with Elizabeth Alexander, PhD

Elizabeth Alexander joins Washington Post Live on Thursday, Apr. 7 (Video: The Washington Post)
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Elizabeth Alexander is a renowned poet, playwright and scholar who is currently the president of the Mellon Foundation. Washington Post senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan for a conversation with Alexander about her new book, “The Trayvon Generation,” and the philanthropic organization’s racial justice initiatives.

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“We saw a galvanizing moment, we saw Black lives Matter formed after that. When I talk about the ‘Trayvon Generation,’ I talk about the young people who were coming of age… with a steady diet of seeing this violence.” – Elizabeth Alexander, PhD (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Every Black mother I know is exhausted. I wrote that and it feels like the resonant truth. The image in the book by Elizabeth Catlett called the torture of mothers where you see the head of a Black woman and in a bubble inside of it is a young Black man in a pool of blood. That sense that there’s never a corner of our brain… that isn’t preoccupied, because when you see…the face of a Trayvon Martin… Tamir Rice… someone saw that as a predator, someone’s eyes cast that stereotype and dehumanization onto him.”– Elizabeth Alexander, PhD (Video: Washington Post Live)
"I was so moved and so glad that a tear fell when Senator Cory Booker… shined a light on her accomplishments… because I think perhaps the final frontier of our freedom is, ‘can we be fully expressive human beings wherever we may be?’” – Elizabeth Alexander, PhD (Video: Washington Post Live)

Elizabeth Alexander, PhD