Live from NYPL Presents Elizabeth Alexander: The Trayvon Generation

The bestselling author examines the power of art and culture to illuminate America’s unresolved problems with race.

n the summer of 2020, following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, Elizabeth Alexander began turning a mother’s eye to her sons’ and students’ generation to reflect on the challenges facing young Black America. The Trayvon Generation, as she began referring to them, could not, even as children, be shielded from the brutality that has affected the lives of so many Black people. In her new book. Alexander weaves together those reflections with ruminations on groundbreaking works of art by some of our most extraordinary artists in order to ask how we reckon with who we are as a nation and how we move forward.

Alexander speaks about the tragedies and hopes for young people at this crucial time in American history.