The Harry Belafonte Black Liberation Speaker Series: Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar with Alison Stewart

Thu. Jan 28, 2021 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
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Amber Ruffin, a Late Night with Seth Meyers writer and host of Peacock's The Amber Ruffin Show, and her sister Lacey Lamar tell crazy stories about racism.

Amber Ruffin and her sister Lacey Lamar both grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. Amber escaped and lives in New York, but Lacey is still living in their home state. From racist donut shops to strangers putting their whole hand in her hair, from being mistaken for a prostitute to being mistaken for Harriet Tubman, Lacey's daily experience of racism is a little different than what her sister encounters in New York. Amber and Lacey share horrifying and hilarious tales that are either painfully relatable or shockingly eye-opening (depending on how often you have personally been followed by security at department stores) to tackle the experience of modern-day racism.

Amber and Lacey will be joined in conversation with Alison Stewart, host of All Of It on WNYC.

The Harry Belafonte Black Liberation Speaker Series is made possible thanks to support from Kenneth Cole.

LIVE from NYPL is made possible by the support of Library patrons and friends, as well as by the continuing generosity of Celeste Bartos, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos, and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund.

 Amber Ruffin
is a writer and cast member on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers. She also amazingly became the first black woman to write for a late-night talk show in American history when she joined the staff in 2014, and was a writer/occasional performer on HBO's Black Lady Sketch Show. She has just launched her own late night show, The Amber Ruffin Show, on Peacock, the new NBC streaming service.  

Lacey Lamar is Amber Ruffin's big sister. She has worked in the healthcare and human service field for more than 25 years, thirteen of those working with troubled youth in her community. She volunteers her time and resources to black, brown refugee and indigenous fellow humans in any way she can. Lacey lives in Nebraska with her unbelievable amazing daughter Imani and their 130lb Great Dane Izzy.


If you have a NYPL library card—or live in New York state and want to apply for one now—you can borrow You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism for free with our e-reader app SimplyE, available for iOS and Android devices. The title is available in accessible formats for community members who do not use standard print. Find out more at: You can also request this book, and more, for pickup at one of our Grab & Go locations.

Readers everywhere who wish to purchase copies of You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism can do so at The New York Public Library Shop. Proceeds benefit The New York Public Library. 

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Amber Ruffin © Lloyd Bishop

Lacey Lamar. Photo courtesy of the author. 

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