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African American Literature Discussion Group

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Please join us for a monthly book discussion at the
Evanston Public Library
3rd Tuesday of Each Month,  7 pm

and read the AAL Blog or check in with us at Good Reads.
Copies will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620.


titleTuesday, December 16, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library 

A Dreadful Deceit, by Jacqueline Jones

Professor Jacqueline Jones profiles six African-Americans from the 1650s  to late 20th-century to demonstrate that race, which has no "basis in biology," didn't become a social construct until around the time of the American Revolution.Jones argues that throughout our history, race has been used as a malleable tool that has been forged over and over to fit the political and economic whims of America's elite.



titleTuesday, January 20, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Part autobiography, part humorous manifesto, How To Be Black chronicles Baratunde Thurston's inner city childhood, private school education and successful career at Harvard and in corporate America, using his experiences to illustrate the perils of being "The Black Friend", "The Black Employee"  "The Black Spokesperson" and, inevitably "The Angry Negro". Accompanied by essays both humorous and thoughtful by a panel of "professional black people"

Copies of How To Be Black will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. For more information, including related  interviews, videos and other websites, see the AAL blog.

titleTuesday, February 17, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Journalist and author Pete Nelson chronicles the little-known story of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African-American regiment mustered to fight in WWI. Recruited from all walks of Harlem life, the regiment had to fight alongside the French because America’s segregation policy prohibited them from fighting with white U.S. soldiers.  Despite extraordinary odds and racism, the 369th became one of the most successful—and infamous—regiments of the war. The Harlem Hellfighters, as their enemies named them, spent longer than any other American unit in combat, were the first Allied unit to reach the Rhine, and showed extraordinary valor on the battlefield, with many soldiers winning the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor. Replete with vivid accounts of battlefield heroics, A More Unbending Battle is the thrilling story of the dauntless Harlem Hellfighters.  

Copies of A More Unbending Battle: The Harlem Hellfighters' Struggle for Freedom in WWI and Equality at Home will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. For more information, including related  interviews, videos and other websites, see the AAL blog. Part of the World War I in Commemoration program series.

titleTuesday, March 17, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

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.

Copies of The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. For more information, including related  interviews, videos and other websites, see the AAL blog.



titleTuesday, April 21, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

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.

Copies of Stand up Straight and Sing! will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. For more information, including related  interviews, videos and other websites, see the AAL blog.



 

titleTuesday, May 19, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

In 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. 

Copies of The Wedding will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. For more information, including related  interviews, videos and other websites, see the AAL blog.



 

titleTuesday, June 16, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Preeminent 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 

Copies of Stokely will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. For more information, including related  interviews, videos and other websites, see the AAL blog.

 

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