How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery across America (FBG)
Fall 2021 | Meeting 2
You are invited to join a group of colleagues who will be reading and discussing the book How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery across America, by Clint Smith.
The publisher describes the book as follows:
“Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those that are honest about the past and those that are not—that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation’s collective history, and ourselves.
A deeply researched and transporting exploration of the legacy of slavery and its imprint on centuries of American history, How the Word Is Passed illustrates how some of our country’s most essential stories are hidden in plain view—whether in places we might drive by on our way to work, holidays such as Juneteenth, or entire neighborhoods like downtown Manhattan, where the brutal history of the trade in enslaved men, women, and children has been deeply imprinted.
Informed by scholarship and brought to life by the story of people living today, Smith’s debut work of nonfiction is a landmark of reflection and insight that offers a new understanding of the hopeful role that memory and history can play in making sense of our country and how it has come to be.”
This book group will be facilitated by Shane McCoy and will meet three times via Zoom:
October 21, November 11, December 2
Each participant will be provided with a copy of the book in advance of the first meeting.
Participation is limited; if you are interested in joining the group, please register as soon as possible.
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