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Le Paris Noir: The Pioneers of the Left Bank with Kévi Donat

Presented on Thursday, April 8, 2021

In English

The Left Bank, Paris’s engine of artistic innovation and political debate, has also been central to the Black experience in the City of Light. Kévi Donat of Le Paris Noir leads a tour exploring Black History across two centuries within a few blocks of this influential neighborhood.

We will start in the colonial period, where we will examine the history of the renowned Dumas family followed by a visit to the Memorial of the Abolition of Slavery in Luxembourg Gardens. Behind the Garden, we’ll find Café Tournon in Saint-Germain, where novelist Richard Wright discussed literature, art, and politics with fellow African-American intellectuals who found a new freedom in Post-WWII Paris. Our final stop will be in front of the prestigious university, la Sorbonne, with the rise of “la Négritude,” a Pan-African literary and political movement born in Paris.

45 minutes with Q&A

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  • Runtime
    45 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Cast
    Kévi Donat