Friday, February 10, 2012

An African American Themed Valentine's Day

Hello again, AAL fans! Remember next Tuesday, Valentine's Day, is our discussion of Condoleeza Rice's memoir Extraordinary Ordinary People.  (Remember, you can also download the ebook version if you don't feel like dragging around the book.)
I know not everyone on this list is a big fan of Condi, but it should be interesting to compare her account of growing up in Jim Crow Birmingham to the recollections in Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns. Very interesting!

Valentine's Day is coming up, and the Evanston Public Library is proud to welcome Northwestern's Dr. Harvey Young Jr, an award-winning author and an internationally recognized authority on African American culture and performing arts. Dr Young will be giving a public lecture: "A Racist Love Note: Stereotypes and Caricatures on Early 20th Century Valentine’s Day Cards". here at EPL on Thursday February 16th, 7 pm. He'll discuss the imagery of African Americans in early greeting cards and what this says about the larger society's fears and prejudices. A great way to celebrate Valentine's Day in the context of African American history.

So, hope to see everyone twice next week: Tuesday night for Condoleeza and Thursday to hear Dr Young!

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