Author Talk: Margaret Edds & "What the Eyes Can't See"

Cover of What the Eyes Can't See

Margaret Edds will discuss her new book What the Eyes Can't See and sign copies available for purchase from Book People. Meldon Jenkins-Jones, Library/Community Services Manager of the Hull Street Library, will interview Ms. Edds.

From Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's "blackface scandal" could have destroyed any politician. The photo of Governor Northam purportedly in blackface created a firestorm not only locally but also in every political sphere. What the Eyes Can't See details why Northam's career did not end with the scandal, and how it made him a better governor—and a better citizen and doctor. Encouraged and prodded by Black legislators and citizens, Northam came to a deeper understanding of the racism and pain the photograph symbolized. To Northam's credit, he listened, and more importantly learned the lessons of endemic, systemic racism and applied those lessons to his legislative agenda. Edds provides a revealing examination of race in the nation, how racism might be addressed and reckoned with, and how we all may find a measure of redemption in listening to one another.

Gellman Room

Main Library

101 E. Franklin St.

Margaret Edds is a former reporter and editorial writer for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot.


Event date: 

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

Gellman Room - Main Library
101 E. Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23219
What the Eyes Can't See: Ralph Northam, Black Resolve, and a Racial Reckoning in Virginia By Margaret Edds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643363523
Published: University of South Carolina Press - November 1st, 2022

We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow (Carter G. Woodson Institute) By Margaret Edds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780813942643
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Published: University of Virginia Press - February 5th, 2019

An Expendable Man: The Near-Execution of Earl Washington, Jr. By Margaret Edds Cover Image
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Published: New York University Press - October 1st, 2006