Book Group to Discuss “Four Hundred Souls”

Currently meeting on the Zoom platform from 7-8:30 p.m.

Zoom Link for Social Justice Book Group: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83401604546

Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., Parts 1-5 (1619-1819)
Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., Parts 6-10 (1819-2019)

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019
edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

From Ibram X Kendi’s website:

Four Hundred Souls is a unique one-volume “community” history of African Americans. The editors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, have assembled ninety brilliant writers, eighty of whom takes on a five-year period of that four-hundred-year span with ten lyrical interludes from poets. The writers explore their periods through a variety of techniques: historical essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemics. They approach history from various perspectives: through the eyes of towering historical icons or the untold stories of ordinary people; through places, laws, and objects. While themes of resistance and struggle, of hope and reinvention, course through the book, this collection of diverse pieces from ninety different minds, reflecting ninety different perspectives, fundamentally deconstructs the idea that Africans in America are a monolith—instead it unlocks the startling range of experiences and ideas that have always existed within the community of Blackness.”

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