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    • 04 Mar 2024
    • 6:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom

    American Indian Stories by Zitkala-Sa. 

    "A groundbreaking Dakota author and activist chronicles her refusal to assimilate into nineteenth-century white society and her mission to preserve her culture —with an introduction by Layli Long Soldier, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award for  Whereas Bright and carefree, Zitkála-Šá grows up on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota with her mother until Quaker missionaries arrive, offering the reservation’s children a free education. The catch: They must leave their parents behind and travel to Indiana. Curious about the world beyond the reservation, Zitkála-Šá begs her mother to let her go—and her mother, aware of the advantages that an education offers, reluctantly agrees.   But the missionary school is not the adventure that Zitkála-Šá expected: The school is a strict one, her long hair is cut short, and only English is spoken. She encounters racism and ridicule. Slowly, Zitkála-Šá adapts to her environment—excelling at her studies, winning prizes for essay-writing and oration. But the price of success is estrangement from her cultural roots—and is it one she is willing to pay?  Combining Zitkála-Šá’s childhood memories, her short stories, and her poetry, American Indian Stories is the origin story of an activist in the making, a remarkable woman whose extraordinary career deserves wider recognition."

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    • 13 Mar 2024
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • Highland Park Library

    Join us to discuss The Shadow Docket: How the Supreme Court Uses Stealth Rulings to Amass Power and Undermine the Republic by Stephen Vladeck. 

    "Since 2017, the Court has dramatically expanded its use of the behind-the-scenes 'shadow docket' regularly making decisions that affect millions of Americans without public hearings or explanation."

    • 01 Apr 2024
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs. 

    "In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin's son James, about Alberta King's son Martin Luther, and Louise Little's son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them, who were all born at the beginning of the 20th century and forced to contend with the prejudices of Jim Crow as Black women. Berdis, Alberta, and Louise passed their knowledge to their children with the hope of helping them to survive in a society that would deny their humanity from the very beginning--from Louise teaching her children about their activist roots, to Berdis encouraging James to express himself through writing, to Alberta basing all of her lessons in faith and social justice. These women used their strength and motherhood to push their children toward greatness, all with a conviction that every human being deserves dignity and respect despite the rampant discrimination they faced. These three mothers taught resistance and a fundamental belief in the worth of Black people to their sons, even when these beliefs flew in the face of America's racist practices and led to ramifications for all three families' safety. The fight for equal justice and dignity came above all else for the three mothers. These women, their similarities and differences, as individuals and as mothers, represent a piece of history left untold and a celebration of Black motherhood long overdue."

    Email Karen (kare14will@gmail.com) to be added to the email updates.


    • 10 Apr 2024
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • Highland Park Library

    Join us to discuss A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan's Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them by Timothy Egan. 

    "A historical thriller by the Pulitzer and National Book Award-winning author that tells the riveting story of the Klan's rise to power in the 1920s, the cunning con man who drove that rise, and the woman who stopped them."

    • 06 May 2024
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris. 

    "Harris communicates a vision of shared struggle, shared purpose, and shared values while offering a master class in problem solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times. In examining the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, she shows how our shared efforts will continue to sustain us and this great nation, now and in the years to come."

    Email Karen (kare14will@gmail.com) to be added to the email updates.


    • 08 May 2024
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • Highland Park Library

    Join us to discuss Into the Bright Sunshine: Young Hubert Humphrey and the Fight for Civil Rights by Samuel Freedman. 

    "A revisionist and riveting look at the American politician whom history has judged a loser, yet who played a key part in the greatest social movement of the 20th century.

    • 10 Jun 2024
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard. 

    "A personal and scientific work on trees, forests, and the author's profound discoveries of tree communication."

    Email Karen (kare14will@gmail.com) to be added to the email updates.


    • 12 Jun 2024
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • Highland Park Library

    Join us to discuss Good Night Irene: A Novel by Luis Alberto Urrea. 

    "A searing epic based on the magnificent and true story of courageous Red Cross women during WW2."

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