Gwen Ifill Speaks at DC Public Library

On Monday, February 22 at 7 p.m., Gwen Ifill, managing editor and moderator for PBS’ “Washington Week” will discuss race in American politics and her best-selling book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

A senior correspondent for the PBS “NewsHour,” Ifill’s book profiles and critiques politicians such as Vernon Jordan, Colin Powell, Deval Patrick and Barack Obama. Based on her interviews, Ifill argues that America is at a pivotal moment where the Black political structure formed during the Civil Rights movement is giving way to a new generation of leadership.   

Bringing her wit and wisdom to some of the most complicated political issues of the day, Ifill’s clear voice and commentary have made her one of the most respected and popular journalists of our time.   She has covered six presidential campaigns and moderated the 2004 and 2008 vice presidential debates.  

A book sale and signing will follow the program. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library is located at 901 G St. N.W., near the Metro Center and Gallery Place subway stations.