Andrew Young to speak on Tom Dent

Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young will speak in a Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture to commemorate an exhibition celebrating the life and career of New Orleans poet, playwright, and oral historian Tom Dent (1932-1998) currently on display at the Amistad Research Center.

Young, a New Orleans native, grew up with Tom Dent, and the two men shared many struggles in the fight for civil rights in the 1960s. Co-sponsored by the Amistad Research Center and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Young’s talk, “My Journey with Tom,” will take place on September 8 at 7 p.m. at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall. Admission is free.

The Amistad exhibition, “Tom Dent: A Heavy Trip Through the South,” examines Dent’s life and career through his many literary artifacts, including letters, manuscripts, photographs and more. The exhibition runs through September 30th. Young’s association with Tom Dent is detailed in the Tom Dent Papers at the Center, which also houses the papers of Andrew Young’s mother, Daisy F. Young.

UPDATE: You can view a few images of Andrew young talk and visit to Amistad here.

Posted by Christopher Harter

(Image provided courtesy of Andrew Young. May not be reproduced without permission.)

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