The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Writing Wrongs: In the Shadow of King: MLK JR. and the Legacy of African American Resistance with Ousmane K. Power-Greene





WHAT: Writing Wrongs: In the Shadow of King: MLK JR. and the Legacy of African American Resistance with Ousmane K. Power-Greene
WHEN: Monday, 16th January 2023 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM
WHERE: Edwards Church 297 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

Monday, January 16, 2023 from 12-2 pm, Self-Evident Education and the Collaborative for Educational Services will partner to present “Writing Wrongs: In the Shadow of the Dream, A Community Discussion” at Edwards Church in Northampton, MA. The event will center on Ousmane Power-Greene’s debut novel, The Confessions of Matthew Strong, which was reviewed in the New York Times and one of four books featured on NPR’s “Books We Love: Fiction Recommendations from 2022”. The two hour experience will begin with small group discussions for people who have read the book and also those who have not. Ousmane will then speak to the audience addressing the ways in which his novel and the ideas it forces its audiences to grapple with connect to the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the continuation of his work. We will end with a question and answer session. This will be a great opportunity to meet with others who have read the book, share your thoughts and ideas, and then hear from the author and have an opportunity to speak with the author. Now would be a great time to get a copy of this book!


Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene is an Associate Professor in the history department and director of Africana Studies at Clark University in Worcester, MA. He completed MFA in Columbia University’s, and Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. As a creative writer, Ousmane’s poetry, short stories, and novels focus on the African American experience in contemporary America. His first novel, The Confessions of Matthew Strong follows Allie Douglass, a black female philosophy professor kidnapped by white supremacist leader Matthew Strong and forced to document his movement.

“A Wildly original, incediary story about race, redemption the dangerous imbalances that continue to destabilize society, and speaking out for whats right.”
-Other Press.

"Ousmane Power-Greene is a writer who always thrills and challenges. His work is thoughtful and provocative, moving and meaningful. He's the real deal."
-Victor LaValle, The Changeling



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