On Thursday, January 17, Randall Robinson, the founder and president of the TransAfrica Forum, will talk about his new book, The Reckoning: What Blacks Owe Each Other.” The event is sponsored by The Saturday School Program at Harvard Law School, the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, the Cambridge Public Library, and WordsWorth Bookstore. The speech, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. in Ropes Gray Room on the second floor of Pound Hall. For those unable to attend, the lecture will be webcast live.

A 1970 graduate of Harvard Law School, Robinson established the TransAfrica Forum in 1981 to “provide substantive commentary and scholarship on policy issues related to Africa and the Caribbean and . . . educate Americans, in general, and African Americans, in particular, on such topics as human rights, democracy, and global economic policy.” In addition to The Reckoning, Robinson is the author of two other books: Defending the Spirit and The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks.

Established in 1988 by Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree Jr., Saturday School provides a forum for students to engage in constructive dialogue with professors, legal practitioners, elected officials, judges, and others. Speakers during this academic year have included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Professor Anita Hill, and Reverend Jessie Jackson.

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