Elizabeth Alexander on the “Urgent and Sacred Mission” of Saving Black History Sites

As president of the Mellon Foundation, Elizabeth Alexander says she seeks to achieve “justice—not only in the arts, culture, and humanities today, but also in our collective future.” The Pulitzer Prize–nominated poet, author, and scholar—whose latest book, The Trayvon Generation, was published in April by Grand Central Publishing—also serves as a key advisor to the National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. On the occasion of the Action Fund’s fifth anniversary, Alexander shared her thoughts on the fund and its impact.

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