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African American Folktales
  • Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Maria Tatar will discuss their book, The Annotated African American Folktales. The illustrated book celebrates nearly 170 stories across several continents and is a kaleidoscopic study of the African American folklore tradition. It presents fairy tales from Africa, trickster tales, ballads of heroes, rarely seen stories and those thought to be lost, black origin stories, and Caribbean and Latin American folktales. Joining professors Gates and Tatar in conversation will be journalist and author, A’Lelia Bundles.

A book signing will follow the program. Purchase this book on the day of the event from the National Archives Store and receive a 15% discount (members get 20% off).

This program is currently at capacity. Please add your name to the waitlist below.

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