Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African Americans - Book Signing and Discussion

With his wife Taneshia, Roland Laird (Brown '82) co-authored "Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African Americans", a critically acclaimed work with an impressive scope: the entire history of Black America told in an accessible 216 page graphic-novel form. Originally published in 1997, it was recently updated and now extends from the arrival of the first Africans in 1619 right through to Senator Barack Obama's groundbreaking presidential campaign. Compared by many to Art Spiegelman's Maus, "Still I Rise" is a breathtaking achievement that celebrates the collective African-American memory, imagination, and spirit and the book has been embraced by colleges and schools throughout the country. "Still I Rise" was re-released on February 3, 2009.

About the Author: Roland Laird is a critically acclaimed author with a passion for his culture and his community. In October 2008, at the height of the U.S. financial crisis, Roland left his position as a VP of Technology at a wholly-owned subsidiary of a Global Fortune 100 company to grow his near 20-year-old side business Posro Media into the country's leading convergent entertainment company specializing in African American culture. Roland also co-founded the New York chapter of Brown University's Inman Page Black Alumni Council in 2005.
View Roland's recent media appearance on NBC Philadelphia's 10! Show:

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