Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in the American Family

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cherry Hill Public Library
Conference Center, Lower Level

Event Details

This is now a virtual program via Zoom.

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In this timely and interactive presentation, award-winning author and educator, Lori L. Tharps will share her research and personal experiences with colorism in the American family. Using Brit Bennett's critically acclaimed novel, The Vanishing Half as a starting point to examine how colorism can infect and impact a family over generations, Tharps will take a historical approach to showing how and why colorism manifests across cultures. Heartfelt and ultimately hopeful, this presentation will help audience members understand the deep roots of colorism and how to dissect and dismantle it in the family and beyond.

Lori L. Tharps is a writer whose work meets at the intersection of race and real life. She is an author, journalist, educator, podcast host, and popular speaker. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lori attended Smith College, where she had the opportunity to spend her junior year studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain. After graduating from Smith, Lori spent two years working on Madison Avenue at one of New York City’s top-ten public relations agencies. Soon after, she entered Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has been writing her way through the world ever since.

You can read more about Lori and her work here: 

This program is part of our One Book, One Cherry Hill series.  Funding for One Book, One Cherry Hill is made possible with support from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and Friends of the Cherry Hill Public Library.

Event Type(s): One Book One Cherry Hill
Age Group(s): Adults (18+)
Presenter: Lori L. Tharps
Ann Kennedy
(856) 903-1223