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Nauticus to Host EdTalk in Honor of Juneteenth with Author David Wright Faladé

A book discussion and signing featuring Black Cloud Rising, a novel on local hero, Sgt. Richard Etheridge

Norfolk, Va. – Nauticus will host an EdTalk on Juneteenth featuring esteemed author, David Wright Faladé who will lead an engaging discussion centered around his acclaimed 2022 novel, Black Cloud Rising. Join Nauticus for this FREE event on Wednesday, June 19 from 6 – 7:30PM. 

This interactive program will pay tribute to Hampton Roads local hero, Sgt. Richard Etheridge, whose 36th USCT regiment played a pivotal role in Texas during the enforcement of the final emancipation of slaves on June 19th, a day now commemorated as Juneteenth.

With powerful depictions of the bonds formed between fighting men and heartrending scenes of sacrifice and courage, Black Cloud Rising offers a compelling and nuanced portrait of enslaved men and women crossing the threshold to freedom. 

Event Timeline:
5:30PM – Doors Open
6:00PM – 7:30PM – Author Q&A and Book Signing

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Registration is required as space is limited. Click here to register!

About the Author
David Wright Faladé is the author of the acclaimed books, Fire on the Beach and Black Cloud Rising and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and an Master of Fine Arts from the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Faladé currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

About Nauticus  
Nauticus is a maritime discovery center located along the waterfront in downtown, Norfolk, VA, offering a unique form of experiential learning for all ages. Through interactive exhibits and STEM to STERN programming, Nauticus uses the museum, Battleship Wisconsin, sailing center, and Schooner Virginia to tell the story of the maritime environment, industry, and the military. The Nauticus Foundation is the nonprofit, 501©3 that supports the mission and activities of Nauticus. Nauticus’ mission is to benefit the community through education, impactful experiences, and sharing access to maritime resources. For more information, visit