Friday, December 16, 2011

How many Black Americas are there?

What a wonderful group Tuesday night for The Warmth of Other Suns! I was delighted and honored to welcome so many people for such a fruitful and wide ranging discussion. If you know anyone who missed it and would like to attend the North Branch discussion on January 26th, they can call North at 847-866-0331 or register here.

Next month's book is Eugene Robinson's Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America, a fascinating look at what he sees as a fragmented African American population comprised of 4 distinct cultural communities: The Transcendents (celebrities so rich and famous that race no longer touches them); the Mainstream (think Cosby show); the Abandoned (ghetto, underclass, urban poor); and the Emergents, recent African and Caribbean immigrants and biracials. Robinson, a Washington Post columnist, observes that not only do these groups differ culturally, but that their political and social interests are no longer the same, and may in fact be in conflict. Covering everything from affirmative action to black fraternity stylings, this is an intriguing read, with much to discuss.

Registration is now open! Call 847-448-8620 or go to our online calendar to reserve a copy. See you on Tuesday January 17th!

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