Join Tatia Harris on Wednesday, February 22, at noon in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium for a discussion of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs.
Hobbs first met Robert Peace when they arrived at Yale University for their freshman year. They were roommates and became fast friends. A brilliant student, Robert came from Newark with a father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. His hard life was supposed to get easier at Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics. But it didn’t get easier: Robert strained under the dual realities of his existence at Yale and back home.
"This book is an important read that offers insight into colliding worlds—poverty and race versus Ivy League privilege—and asks ‘Is our society really set up to help people transform their lives and transcend the circumstances into which they are born?’" Harris said. "I hope that this powerful story inspires some thought-provoking dialogue and hard self-examinations on the road to equality and social justice."
Harris is the Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project Grant Manager and Title VI Coordinator for the City of Knoxville. She served as the City’s Public Affairs Specialist for three years prior to joining the Community Relations Department. Harris is active in the community and has a passion for service and investing in opportunities for young people to succeed spiritually, personally and professionally.