Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher present portrait of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas At The Kansas City Public Library

For Immediate Release:
October 7, 2011
Contact: Lorenzo Butler
816.701.3669
Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher present portrait of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas At The Kansas City Public Library

Washington Post staffers Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher present Supreme Discomfort, a book that tracks the odyssey of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from his poor childhood in Georgia to his law school years at Yale, to his rise within the Republican political establishment and a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The talk takes place on Monday, October 17, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

In Supreme Discomfort, Merida and Fletcher have crafted a haunting portrait of an isolated and bitter man, savagely reviled by much of the black community, not entirely comfortable in white society, internally wounded by his passage from a broken family and rural poverty in Georgia to elite educational institutions to the pinnacle of judicial power. Thomas, note the authors, has clearly never recovered from the searing experience of his Senate confirmation hearings and the "he said/she said" drama of the accusations of sexual harassment by Anita Hill.

Supreme Discomfort offers a peek into a man whose divided personality and conservative political philosophy will deeply influence American life for years to come.

Admission is free. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407.

Co-sponsored by The Brown Foundation.