The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is delighted to host an intergenerational conversation about the life and legacy of Nellie Y. McKay between her biographer, Shanna Greene Benjamin, and Black feminist luminaries Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Frances Smith Foster and Cherene Sherard Johnson. The author of several books, McKay is best known for coediting the canon-making Norton Anthology of African American Literature with Henry Louis Gates Jr. This webinar will also feature a response by poet Tyree Daye on the Norton Anthology's influence on writers.
There is more to McKay’s life and legacy than her literary scholarship. After her passing, new details about McKay’s life emerged, surprising everyone who knew her. Why did McKay choose to hide so many details of her past? In her book, Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay, Shanna Greene Benjamin
examines McKay’s path through the professoriate to learn about the strategies, sacrifices, and successes of contemporary Black women in the American academy.
This event is co-sponsored the Department of English and Comparative Literature Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is free and open to the public.