Wednesday, February 11, 2015

AAL Winter/Spring Selections

Greetings! Looking forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday February 17th for our discussion of the Harlem Hellfighters!

Here's the schedule of our upcoming discussions for AAL, (all discussions meet in the Small Meeting room of the Evanston Public Library at 7 pm on Tuesdays):

Tuesday, March 17 The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, by Stephen Carter

In an alternate history novel, Lincoln escapes assassination by John Wilkes Booth only to face impeachment, and Abigail Canner, a young black woman involved in his defense, helps investigate the murder of the president's counsel.


Tuesday, April 21 Stand up Straight and Sing!, by Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman, one of America's most admired and decorated singers tells her inspiring life story, from the segregated South to the world's greatest stage.She recalls in rich detail the strong women who were her role models, from her ancestors to family friends, relatives, and teachers. She hails the importance of her parents in her early learning and experiences in the arts. And she describes coming face-to-face with racism, not just as a child living in the segregated South, but also as an adult out and about in the world.

Tuesday, May 19 The Wedding, by Dorothy West

titleIn the 1950s, a girl from the black bourgeoisie in Martha's Vineyard announces her engagement to a white musician. The novel follows the impact this has on her family and the community around them.  Dorothy West's crowning achievement, this is a wise and heartfelt novel about the shackles of race and class we all wear and the price we pay to break them. It is also an unforgettable history of the rise of the black middle class, written by a woman who lived it.

Tuesday, June 16 Stokeley: A Life, by Peniel Joseph

titlePreeminent civil rights scholar Peniel E. Joseph presents a groundbreaking biography of Stokely Carmichael, arguing that the young firebrand's evolution from nonviolent activist to Black Power revolutionary reflected the trajectory of a generation radicalized by the violence and unrest of the late 1960s. Fed up with the slow progress of the civil rights movement, Carmichael urged blacks to turn the rhetoric of freedom into a reality, inspiring countless African Americans to demand immediate political self-determination 

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