In co-operation with Bradley University, the author of Deep Denial, David Billings, will speak at Peoria Public Library North Branch on Monday, January 22 at 11:00 a.m.
Mississippi native David Billings’ recent book, Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life has won the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Current Events/Social Change category. Billings, a historian and organizer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, has worked for half a century in the struggle for racial justice. Deep Denial— part popular history, part personal memoir — documents the 400-year racialization of the U.S. and explains why “we remain a nation hard-wired by race.”
Rev. Billings is an ordained United Methodist minister. He also is a historian with a special interest in the history of race and racism. Billings’ organizing work has been cited for many awards including the New Orleans Pax Christi “Bread and Roses” award; the Loyola University of New Orleans “Homeless and Hunger Award”; the 2010 Martin Luther King Social Justice Award from the New Orleans Jazz Foundation; and the National Alliance against Racist Oppression’s Angela Davis Award for community service.
“No one speaks to racism and its cure better than David Billings, a white Southerner who has seen it all. His is a voice that needs to be heard. It is a voice with perfect pitch.” — Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist