Joel Christian Gill will present a lecture about his experiences as an illustrator and his upcoming projects.
Gill is the chairman, CEO, president, director of development, majority and minority stockholder, manager, co-manager, regional manager, assistant to the regional manager, receptionist, senior black correspondent and janitor of Strange Fruit Comics. The New York Times says, "At a moment when racial inequities have ignited this nation, Mr. Gill offers direction for the road ahead from the road behind.”
He is the author of Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride from Lions Forge 2019 and the award winning graphic novel series Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History, and Tales of The Talented Tenth from Fulcrum Publishing.
In his free time, Gill is chair of Comic Arts at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, where he inspires students to unleash the transformational potential of their stories. Founder of #28daysarenotenough, it is his belief that segregating the history of minority peoples lessens the impact these people have made on American society, and culture. Gill has dedicated his life to using stories to rebuild, empathy, compassion and ultimately humanity. He received his MFA from Boston University and BA from Roanoke College.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
These events are made possible by the generous support of Evelyn M. Finnegan ’48, a children's books author, and her family. Lesley University’s outstanding children’s literature collection is named in her honor in recognition of her family’s philanthropic support. This lecture series is funded by the collection’s permanent endowment in conjunction with Sherrill Library and the Graduate School of Education’s Language and Literacy Division.