Award-winning author of books on lynching history, black women’s influence and more to entertain at the Readers & Writers Fest Salon
Author and scholar Paula Giddings will speak with Christa Caceres, President of the Monroe County Chapter of the NAACP, during the Salon segment of the Milford Readers and Writers Festival on September 18. Giddings wrote Ida, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching, which received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was named one of the best books of 2008 by the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.
Festival organizers expect this session to be co-sponsored by several regional NAACP chapters and the Robert Lewis group in Port Jervis, a plan that is not yet complete. Michael Worden, who recently wrote a book on the Robert Lewis lynching in Port Jervis, is expected to attend the session and be credited.
In addition to Ida, A Sword Among Lions, Giddings is the author of: When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America; In Search of Sisterhood, Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement; Burning All Illusions, (editors) and an anthology of articles on race published by Nation magazine from 1867 to 2000.
Giddings is the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor of Africana Studies (emeritus) at Smith College. While at Smith, Giddings was editor of Meridians, Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. She was previously a book editor at Howard University Press; magazine editor at Encore American and Worldwide News, where she was head of the Paris office; and a journalist who has written extensively on international and national issues for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jeune Afrique (Paris), and The Nation, among others.
Giddings has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation; the National Humanities Center at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (unfulfilled). She has also received honorary doctorates from Wesleyan University, Bennett College and Howard University and was named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. She is a board member of the Nation Institute and the Authors League Fund and a member of PEN. Ms. Giddings was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017.
Christa Caceres is President of the NAACP Monroe County Chapter. She holds a BA in Law and an MS in Law and Public Policy from the California University of Pennsylvania. Christa’s leadership and advocacy activities include serving on the boards of the Greater Pike Community Foundation, Pocono Mountains United Way, Emerge Pennsylvania and the newly formed Seven Oaks Collective. In 2021, Christa received the prestigious MLK Community Member Award from East Stroudsburg University.
Following calls for law enforcement reform, Christa has taken a proactive approach and founded the Monroe County Community Roundtable, which brings together local and state law enforcement leaders with the Monroe County NAACP to find strategic and creative ways to collectively bring about lasting change in the community bring about to the community.
Paula Giddings will speak with Christa Caceres, President of the Monroe County NAACP Chapter, on Sunday, September 18 at 1:00 p.m. in the parish hall of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. The Salon event is free.
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