An image of author Doctor Jerald Walker next to a screenshot of the cover of his book, How To Make A Slave."
Credit: Photo by Brenda Molife / Cover Courtesy of The Ohio State University Press

Thursday on Political Rewind: A conversation with author Jerald Walker, writer of How to Make a Slave and Other Essays.

Walker’s collection is a finalist for a National Book award. It gives an intimate account of the experience of the writer as an African American man in the United States. In the process of examining his own questions about race, Walker challenges white readers to confront their assumptions of the Black experience in America today.

Recent years may have only just initiated a long-needed and vital conversation among white people about racial justice. The essays in How to Make a Slave defy preconceived ideas of race with wry wit and unyielding honesty.


Dr. Jerald Walker — Author of How To Make A Slave and Other Essays and professor of literature and writing at Emerson College