Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones

Gilly Segal, left, and Kimberly Jones will host a program about their bestselling book, “I’m Not Dying With You Tonight,” inspired by Baltimore resident Freddie Gray, who died after being in police custody.

CUMBERLAND — Maryland Humanities will host authors Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal in a free virtual event on March 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for “Why It Matters: Reckoning with Race. Equity. Allyship.”

The authors will discuss their bestselling book, “I’m Not Dying With You Tonight,” inspired by Baltimorean Freddie Gray, who died after being in police custody. Jones and Segal will touch on the recent resurgence of the country’s reckoning with racial inequity, a video of Jones that went viral after the death of George Floyd and reaching beyond platitudes to work together on issues of common concern.

The conversation will be moderated by Christine Platt, author and managing director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University.

A Q&A session will follow the conversation. The event is for teens and adults and registration is required.

“I’m Not Dying With You Tonight” follows two teen girls — one black, one white — who do not know each other yet must confront their own assumptions about racial equality when violence and chaos erupts in their city. The book received an NAACP Image Award nomination.

The conversation is part of Maryland Humanities’ Voices and Voters Electoral Engagement Project.

VVEEP also consists of an oral history program as well as a series of grants to Maryland organizations producing projects around civic and electoral engagement.

The project is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered through the Federation of State Humanities Councils for its new initiative titled “Why It Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation.”

Maryland Humanities’ promotional partners for this event are Allegany County Public Library, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Baltimore County Public Library, Carroll County Public Library, Charles County Public Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Harford County Public Library, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, St. Mary’s County Library and Talbot County Free Library.

The book is available through Maryland Humanities’ official event bookseller, A Very Likely Story.

Maryland Humanities is a statewide nonprofit organization that creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities.

For more information or to register to participate, visit

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