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Dr. Mark Anthony Neal Presents Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities … in Durham

Program: Dr. Mark Anthony Neal presents Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities … in Durham
Date: Thursday, Oct. 17
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

DURHAM — Durham County Library will host Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University professor of African and African American Studies, as he presents a lecture on the imagery of the African-American male in the public imagination at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, at the Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, 1201 Fayetteville St. A book signing will follow Neal’s presentation.

Neal “argues that black men and boys are bound, in profound ways, to and by their legibility,” and that the most “legible” black male bodies are often rendered as criminal – bodies in need of policing and containment. His presentation will explore complex social questions surrounding black masculinity and societal perceptions using his recent book, Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities, as a reference.

Issues explored will include racial profiling by the police in major cities; the possible link between youth violence, gangs and urbanization; why Africa-American male youths in large urban centers and smaller locales like Durham kill each other in disproportionate numbers; how Durham’s European-American populace views the African-American male population; and whether socio-economic status, fame and notoriety, or educational attainment empower black men in a post racial America.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 919-560-0270.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or


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