Centre College will sponsor a panel discussion on Frank X Walker's book "Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York" 4 p.m. April 25 in Newlin Hall at the Norton Center for the Arts.
"Buffalo Dance" is a collection of poems written from the voice of York, a slave to William Clark, who accompanied him on the Lewis and Clark expedition. York was the only African-American member of the expedition, and he served as an equal member of the team. York, however, received no money or land for his efforts because he was a slave. Eventually York came to Kentucky and was granted his freedom.
Walker will open the event by reading some of his poetry. Bill Goodman, host of Kentucky Educational Television's Bookclub, will serve as moderator for the panel. The panelists include: James Holmberg, J. Blaine Hudson, Elizabeth Perkins and Lisa Williams. Each of the panelists will frame the book in terms of his/her academic specialty.