Said@Duke: Tayari Jones on the South

Part of the Said@Duke: 2019-2020 Series
People do think of the American South as shorthand for black unhappiness.  But I would say that the South was also the place where there was the most resistance to racism — the civil rights movement. - Author Tayari Jones

Author Tayari Jones spoke last week as part of the Kenan Institute for Ethics series Ethics of Now. Jones, a Women’s Prize for Fiction recipient and NY Times best-selling author of "An American Marriage," was linterviewed by Duke history professor Adriane Lentz-Smith.

They discussed diversity, race, opportunity, obligation and family, particularly around Jones’ hometown of Atlanta. “When I write about the South it’s easy for me, I’m not making a point about the South – I try to create the world as I understand it,” Jones said.

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