Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting
Jelani Cobb, Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism, will speak with author Steve Luxenberg about his newly released book SEPARATE: The Story Of Plessy V. Ferguson And America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation. In SEPARATE Luxenberg tells one of the most compelling and dramatic stories of the 19th century. Plessy v. Ferguson is synonymous with Jim Crow laws and the unjust doctrine of “separate but equal,” but few Americans have a deep understanding of the origins and outcome of the case. Drawing from letters, diaries, and archival collections, and weaving biography, history and legal drama together on a grand scale, Luxenberg recreates the personalities and debates that informed the Supreme Court’s decision in Plessy and shaped race relations for generations.
Steve Luxenberg won the 2016 J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award for SEPARATE. Luxenberg is also the author of ANNIE’S GHOSTS: A Journey Into A Family Secret. During his 30 years as a Washington Post senior editor, he has overseen reporting that has earned numerous honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes.
Jelani Cobb joined the Journalism School faculty in 2016. He has contributed to The New Yorker since 2012, and became a staff writer in 2015. He is the recipient of the 2015 Sidney Hillman Award for Opinion and Analysis writing and writes frequently about race, politics, history and culture. He is the author of THE SUBSTANCE OF HOPE: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress and TO THE BREAK OF DAWN: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic.
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This event is sponsored by Columbia Journalism School in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards - annual awards given for excellence in nonfiction writing.