Here at The Root we’ve always loved, praised, and centered Black literature in the broader conversation. Each week host Maiysha Kai sits down with an author we love to talk about their work, what inspires them, and what they hope to contribute to the culture at large. Guests so far include Nikole Hannah Jones, Brittney Cooper, Stacey Abrams, Ibram X. Kendi, Ijeoma Oluo, Morgan Jerkins, and Claudia Rankine.
This week we have the brilliant poet, journalist, and author Clint Smith on the show to talk about his latest book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. Listen to hear Clint talk about the original inspiration behind this historical deep dive, his experience of researching the book (which involved going to some intense places of the past and present), and how he hopes this book will be used.