"The Black Cell": Dr. Wendy Shaia's dark novel about racism, rebellion
Today on Midday, conversations with two novelists who have written books about racial inequality, liberation and integration. They are very different stories, but they are both insightful, provocative, and compelling. Naima Coster is the author of What’s Mine and Yours. We’ll talk with Naima a little later in the program.
We begin with Dr. Wendy Shaia, who serves on the faculty of the University of MD School of Social Work, and as the Executive Director of the Social Work Community Outreach Service. For years, she’s done anti-racism work, and she’s written numerous scholarly articles.
Her first novel is set in Baltimore in the near future. It imagines a secret organization of Black men and women who train and organize for armed resistance to white supremacy. It is part dystopian fiction, and part ripped from the headlines. Part Wakanda and part Consent Decree. Part Black Panther Movement and part Unite the Right.
Tomorrow at 4pm, Dr. Shaia will talk about it at Busboys and Poets in Baltimore. Click the link for more info.
Wendy Shaiajoins us here on Midday today, on Zoom, from Gambrills, Maryland.