New York Times Best-seller Speaks on African-American History

WHAT:           James McBride will lecture and perform a concert based on the story of John Brown and the raid on Harper’s Ferry.

WHEN:           6 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 24)

WHERE:         Texas Tech University Allen Theatre

EVENT:          Novelist James McBride shares the story of John Brown, a white American abolitionist. Brown attacked the largest arsenal of weapons in America in 1859, spurring the start of the Civil War.

McBride will use gospel and spiritual music to contextualize Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry. McBride and his band will perform gospel songs from the mid-to-late 19th century.

His discussion is based off his latest novel, “The Good Lord Bird.” McBride is a New York Times best-seller, as well as a musician and screenwriter.

The event is free and open to the public.

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CONTACT: Karlos Hill, assistant professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3744, or