Black History Month Book Talk with Cary Library – Wednesday, February 9, 2021 at 7 pm

A Black Intellectual’s Odyssey: From a Pennsylvania Milltown to the Ivy League by Martin Kilson, PhD

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Guest Speaker – Marion Kilson
Moderator – Marc Saint Louis

Martin Kilson was an American political scientist and, in 1969, he became the first black academic to be appointed a full professor at Harvard University. In A Black Intellectual’s Odyssey, Kilson takes readers on a fascinating journey from his upbringing in the small Pennsylvania mill town of Ambler and the racist margins of twentieth-century America to one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. Join Marion Kilson and Mark St. Louis, for a deep dive into the life and accomplishments of the late Martin Kilson.

In 1969, Martin Kilson became the first tenured African American professor at Harvard University, where he taught African and African American politics for over thirty years. Dr. Kilson was buried in Westview Cemetery in 2019,