Lifelong Learning Keynote with Tamara Payne

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Tamara Payne
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X, Saturday, October 16 | virtual

Tamara Payne is the co-author of The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X written with her father, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Les Payne. Prior to working on the book, she graduated from William Smith College, Geneva, NY. After graduating, she worked at McNeil/Lehrer NewsHour on Channel Thirteen for about a year. She then moved to China where she taught English for two years in Shandong Province. After returning from China, her father, Les, brought her on to work on the project about the life of Malcolm X. She was the principal researcher while working in commercial real estate. After Les Payne’s sudden passing in 2018, she made it her purpose to finish his life’s work. The Dead Are Arising has won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for biography, the 71st National Book Award for nonfiction, and the 52nd NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work—biography.

Jurianny Guerrero
Saturday, October 16 | virtual


Jurianny Guerrero was born and raised in Boston. Her family is originally from the Dominican Republic. She lives with my mother and younger sister and has lived in Roxbury, MA, for the past ten years. She is currently a senior at Fenway High School. Guerrero is an honor roll student, as well as a varsity member on the debate team. She deeply enjoys learning about the law as well as fashion. Her other hobbies include art and reading. Guerrero's extracurriculars during the school year included being a part of a Law and Justice class, where she would practice law cases. She partook in a Dual Enrollment class called Business Ethics and Law. She also participates in the SEED program at MIT and is currently learning about biomedical engineering. This past summer Guerrro held a fellowship in the federal courthouse interning under the Chief Justice of Boston.

Kellie Carter Jackson
Saturday, October 16 | virtual

Kellie Carter Jackson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. She was also the 2019-2020 Newhouse Faculty Fellow for the Center of the Humanities at Wellesley College. Carter Jackson's research focuses on slavery and the abolitionists, violence as a political discourse, historical film, and black women’s history. She earned her B.A at her beloved Howard University and her Ph.D from Columbia University working with the esteemed historian Eric Foner. Her book, Force & Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence, examines the conditions that led some black abolitionists to believe slavery might only be abolished by violent force. Force and Freedom was a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize, winner of the James H. Broussard Best First Book Prize given by SHEAR (Society for Historians of the Early American Republic) and a finalist for the Museum of African American History (MAAH) Stone Book Prize Award for 2019.


We are pleased to present, as our first Lifelong Learning Keynote, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Tamara Payne, co-author with her late father, Les Payne, of The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X. We hope that young adults and their parents tune in together to hear from the author as she is interviewed by Wellesley College history professor Kellie Carter Jackson and Fenway High School senior Jurianny Guerrero. Malcolm X lived for many years in the Nubian Square neighborhood in Roxbury, so his life and times have special resonance for our city. As Kerri Greenridge writes in the Atlantic, “The Dead Are Arising is a meticulously researched, compassionately rendered, and fiercely analytical examination of the radical revolutionary as a human being.” We look forward to a multi-generational audience for this multi-generational session. Sponsored by the Eric and Jane Nord Family Fund.