Lorene Cary

Powerful African-American storyteller, educator, and social activist delivering important autobiographical, historical, and fictional stories about issues surrounding race and class.

  • Writes about affecting issues: race, the lives of women, education, growing up
  • In 1998 Cary founded Art Sanctuary, an organization that uses the power of black art to transform individuals and unite groups of people.
  • Collaborated with the National Park Service on the new video installation, “President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation” (Independence Mall in Philadelphia).
  • Her debut work, Black Ice, has been called “a journey into selfhood that resonates with sober reflection, intelligent passion, and joyous love.”
  • Her new book, If Sons, then Heirs, written with intimacy and compassion about the power of family secrets, the hard legacy of lynching and segregation, and the resilience of the human spirit .

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