Rochelle Riley, editor, author and longtime columnist, will be at Flyleaf Books on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. to talk about her book “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery.”
"The Burden" is a collection of pieces created by over 24 different authors and activists.Riley said this book was initially a response to a Pittsburgh columnist who implied that Black people should “just get over" slavery.
“The book is called 'The Burden' because it discusses the burden that African-Americans still carry, that the country of America still carries, and until we decide to do something about it, we're still carrying that burden," Riley said.
Talia Smart, events manager at Flyleaf books, said Flyleaf was happy to host Riley’s book signing and that it aligned with some previous events held with the local chapter of the NAACP relating to topics of enslavement in America.
Riley has held over 80 of these conversations around the country, talking to audiences about the book and about what it’s like dealing with the legacy of enslavement in America. Riley focuses on why it matters that we have conversations that will break down and challenge the systems we have in place today.