The Harvey B. Gantt in collaboration with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Community Read of the award-winning Angie Thomas novel, The Hate You Give, will be having a conversation – Culture and “Kicks”: Exploring the ways sneaker culture and social justice intersect in The Hate You Give.
To understand sneaker culture’s marketability and the taste-making impact of African-Americans, they will recognize sneaker culture’s commodification through literature, television, and film. Specifically, The Hate U Give garners special attention due to its poetics and African-American specific narrative. The talk explores how author, Angie Thomas uses hip-hop culture in her text and film to address police brutality, and how African-Americans use sneaker culture as a means of expression and communication.
Jemayne Lavar King, a native of Franklin, Virginia is a 2017 TEDx speaker finalist, and a member of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society and Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society. King’s first poem, Richard Morgan Flier, was published in 2002, followed by the books Sole Food: Digestible Sneaker Culture, Life Within the Dorm and Other College-Related Poems, Managing Relationships: Bridging the Communication Divide, and 20 First Dates: The Poetic Mixtape. King is the creator of the world’s first collegiate English course dedicated to identification within sneaker culture.