Virtual Event: John Archibald, Author of Shaking the Gates of Hell, in conversation with Andrea Blackman

Parnassus Books and Nashville Public Library are delighted to welcome John Archibald, author of Shaking the Gates of Hell: A Search for Family and Truth in the Wake of the Civil Rights Revolution.  

This is a virtual event which will take place on the Parnassus Books Facebook page.

The conversation will occur on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6:00pm Central time.

After the live talk has ended, the video will be archived on the Parnassus Books Facebook page under Videos.

About the Book

In this moving and powerful book, Archibald writes of his complex search, and of the conspiracy of silence his father faced in the South, in the Methodist Church and in the greater Christian church. Those who spoke too loudly were punished, or banished, or worse. Archibald's father was warned to guard his words on issues of race to protect his family, and he did. He spoke to his flock in the safety of parable, and trusted in the goodness of others, even when they earned none of it, rising through the ranks of the Methodist Church, and teaching his family lessons in kindness and humanity, and devotion to nature and the Earth.

About the Author

John Archibald is a journalist for The Birmingham News, where he has been a regular columnist since 2004. In 2018, Archibald was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

About Andrea Blackman

Andrea Blackman currently serves as the Division Director for the Nashville Public Library's Civil Rights Center and Special Collections Center; she holds the post of adjunct professor at both Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.  Her ongoing research includes education disparity and self-representations in children’s literature; antiracism, racism and racial inequality; African Diaspora; Modern Civil Rights Movement;  community engagement and equity. She can be heard on her podcast @truthbtoldpod and followed on Twitter at @adblackman7

This event is presented in partnership with Nashville Public Library's Conversations @NPL series.




Event date: 
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215
Shaking the Gates of Hell: A Search for Family and Truth in the Wake of the Civil Rights Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525658115
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - March 9th, 2021