An explosion of new titles led us to revisit African American literature for the 2015-16 book group. Young adult and adult authors have narrated remarkable lives that illuminate multiple themes of African American experience in the United States. In telling these stories, they have reimagined and sometimes merged genres including memoir, biography, poetry, graphic literature, fiction, and non-fiction. Book selections will take us to key moments in the 20th and 21st centuries—the Great Migration (Twelve Tribes of Hattie), the Civil Rights Movement (March – Books I & II) and our own era of racial turbulence and resistance (How It Went Down) among others. Each session is co-facilitated by a specialist; the series typically features an author conversation. Book group is open to all educators who want to welcome new and diverse books into their lives and classrooms!
Book List and Facilitators:
|Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nov. 5)
Facilitator: Roberta Logan
Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis (Dec. 10)
Facilitator: Marilyn Halter
March, Books 1 & 2 by John Lewis (Jan. 14)
Facilitator: Malcolm Cawthorne
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Feb. 10)
Skype with the author!
How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon (Mar. 10)
Facilitators: Karen Storz and Susan Zeiger