Talks in the Othmer | Legacy of Blackness: Perspectives on Family, Race, and Identity
Nabil Ayers only met his famous father, jazz musician Roy Ayers, a handful of times. Raised by a white, Jewish mother, Ayers shares his personal story in his recent book, My Life in the Sunshine. Resonating with explorations of race and racism, identity and family, belonging, not belonging, and making sense of incomplete legacies and missing pieces, the book holds a unique place in the world of memoirs about race and identity in America. Ayers is led in conversation by cultural critic Rebecca Carroll, who writes about her own journey of self-discovery in her memoir, Surviving the White Gaze.