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February 6, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

TWENTY DOLLARS AND CHANGE: A Virtual Evening with Clarence Lusane & Lissa Jones-Lofgren


February 6, 2023
7:00 pm

Books & Books presents…


in conversation with

Lissa Jones-Lofgren


Twenty Dollars and Change: Harriet Tubman and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice and Democracy

(City Lights Books, $21.95)

Monday, February 6th, 7 PM | LIVE via Crowdcast


“Engaging and insightful, Twenty Dollars and Change illuminates the grassroots effort to have our national currency reflect the diversity of America and all of its citizens—those ordinary and extraordinary people who have stood up and demanded freedom, equality and justice. A must read!”—Kate Clifford Larson, author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero


About the Book:

Twenty Dollars and Change places Harriet Tubman’s life and legacy in a long tradition of resistance, illuminating the ongoing struggle to realize a democracy in which her emancipatory vision prevails.

America is in the throes of a historic reckoning with racism, with the battle for control over official narratives at ground zero. Across the country, politicians, city councils, and school boards are engaged in a highly polarized debate about whose accomplishments should be recognized, and whose point of view should be included in the telling of America’s history.

In Twenty Dollars and Change, political scientist Clarence Lusane, author of the acclaimed The Black History of the White House, writes from a basic premise: Racist historical narratives and pervasive social inequities are inextricably linked–changing one can transform the other. Taking up the debate over the future of the twenty-dollar bill, Lusane uses the question of Harriet Tubman vs. Andrew Jackson as a lens through which to view the current state of our nation’s ongoing reckoning with the legacies of slavery and foundational white supremacy. He places the struggle to confront unjust social conditions in direct connection with the push to transform our public symbols, making it plain that any choice of whose life deserves to be remembered and honored is a direct reflection of whose basic rights are deemed worthy of protection, and whose are not.


About the Author:

Dr. Clarence Lusane is an author, activist, scholar, and journalist. He is a Professor and former Chairman of Howard University’s Department of Political Science.  Lusane earned his B.A. in Communications from Wayne State University and both his Masters and Ph.D. from Howard University in Political Science. He’s been a political consultant to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and a former Commissioner for the DC Commission on African American Affairs. He frequently appears on MSNBC and C-SPAN, and was invited by the Obamas to speak at the White House. Author of many books, including The Black History of the White House, Lusane lives and works in the Washington, DC area.

About the Moderator:

Lissa Jones-Lofgren, She/Her/Hers, is a highly sought after speaker, facilitator and coach for individuals and organizations serious about working to grow beyond the illusion of inclusion. Lissa was the content creator and host of ‘Urban Agenda’ on KMOJ Radio, Minnesota’s oldest Black radio station, for 15 years, keeping her grounded in the community she teaches about, and the culture from which she emerged. Now in Season 7, Lissa is also host of ‘Black Market Reads’ for the Givens Foundation for African American Literature, a podcast that seeks to amplify the voices of Black authors and writers about their craft and their works. Lissa is the Chair-Elect of the University of Minnesota Friends of the Libraries and and she has lived in Minnesota all of her life.