Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, is also a historian, poet, filmmaker, archivist, essayist, and WYPR community commentator. Her talk, "Writing as an Act of Courage, An Expression of Reality, and a Blending of the Personal with the Political,” addresses issues she uncovered and experienced in documenting the Freddie Gray episode and the Baltimore Uprising in her home city. Whitehead is the award-winning author of “Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis,” as well as “Letters for My Black Sons” and “RaceBrave.” She has won the Langston Hughes, David Diop, and the Etheridge Knight Poetry Awards as well as the Zora Neale Hurston Creative Writing Award. Her New York Emmy-nominated film, "The Twin Towers: A History," is the second most viewed documentary about 9/11. She also created the syllabus for the gender-inclusive racial justice movement, #SayHerName. Karsonya Wise Whitehead will speak at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, in the lecture room of the John Nicolas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, 357 Benefit Street (entrance off of Williams Street). This is the second event in the Nonfiction Writing Program’s “Writing Diversity” lecture series.