Oral historian and writer Benji de La Piedra will discuss the life and career of Little Rock native Herbert Denton Jr., a pioneering African American journalist at the Washington Post from 1966 until his death in 1989. His father, Herbert Denton Sr., was a lifelong public educator in Little Rock and a pillar of the city’s black community. De la Piedra will trace the career arcs of both father and son, with an emphasis on their powerful, if sometimes controversial, approaches to racial uplift, education, and civic responsibility.
Benji de la Piedra is a writer and oral historian from Washington D.C., currently living in Little Rock. In addition to his work on Herbert Denton Jr.’s biography, he co-directs the Columbia Life Histories Project and serves on the coordinating committee of the Arkansas People’s History Project. A graduate of Columbia University’s Oral History MA program, and a former fellow of the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability, he teaches and consults on community-based oral history projects around the United States. He speaks and writes regularly about American history and culture, with an emphasis on black intellectual expression.
Legacies & Lunch is a free monthly program of the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies that highlights Arkansas-related topics. Programs are held from noon to 1 pm on the first Wednesday of the month. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert are provided. A library parking discount is available upon request. For more information, contact 501-918-3030.
At The Canopy Apartments in Little Rock, Arkansas, we pride ourselves on informing our residents about all the upcoming events our beautiful community has to offer. Don’t hesitate to join this event on Wednesday!
Wednesday, February 6, 2019—12:00 PM
Event Venue Location:
Central Arkansas Library System
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201