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Black History Month - Thursday Evening Book and Film Discussion Series

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Chuck Jefferson Research Library of African American History and Culture
Thursday Evening Book and Film Discussion Series

Thursday, Feb 6, 2020 | 6-8pm
An Overview of the 1619 Project - New York Times | Facilitator: Professor Paulette Gilbert
The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from the New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 | 6-8pm
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy DeGruy | Facilitator: Tony Turner and Steve McMichael
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing lays the groundwork for understanding how the past has influenced the present and opens up the discussion of how we can use the strengths we have gained to heal.

Thursday, Feb 20, 2020 | 6-8pm
Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook | Facilitator: Rhonda Robinson
Rigged, a film narrated by Jeffrey Wright, chronicles how our right to vote is being undercut by a decade of dirty tricks - including the partisan use of gerrymandering and voter purges, and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court. The film captures real-time voter purges in North Carolina and voter intimidation in Texas.

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 | 6-8pm
Blackballed: The Black Vote and Democracy by Darryl Pickney | Facilitator: Fayrene Muhammad
Blackballed is Darryl Pinckney’s meditation on a century and a half of participation by blacks in US electoral politics. In this combination of memoir, historical narrative, and contemporary political and social analysis, he investigates the struggle for black voting rights from Reconstruction through the civil rights movement to Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns.

Subarea:Rockford Southwest

Black History Month - Thursday Evening Book and Film Discussion Series
  • February 6, 2020 - February 27, 2020
  • AARC at Booker Washington Community Center
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday