Events & Author Appearances

Letters to Martin
Meet the Author: Randal Maurice Jelks
We Are LIT! and Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives, 87 Monroe Center SW , Grand Rapids 49503 (map it)
Saturday, January 15, 2022 - 2:00pm

Join author Randall Jelks for a discussion of his new book, Letters to Martin, hosted by We Are LIT!. Randall will be in discussion with Dr. Eric Washington.

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Letters to Martin
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By Randal Maurice Jelks


Published Jan 2022

Letters to Martin contains twelve meditations on contemporary history and political struggles for our oxygen-deprived society. Evoking Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail," these meditations, written in the form of letters to King, speak specifically to the many public issues we presently confront in the United States—economic inequality, freedom of assembly, police brutality, ongoing social class conflicts, and geopolitics. Award-winning author Randal Maurice Jelks invites readers to reflect on US history by centering on questions of democracy that we must grapple with as a society. Hearkening to the era when James Baldwin, Dorothy Day, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Richard Wright used their writing to address the internal and external conflicts that the United States faced, this book is a contemporary revival of a literary tradition of meditative social analysis. These meditations on democracy provide spiritual oxygen to help readers endure the struggles of rebranding, rebuilding, and reforming our democratic institutions so that we can all breathe.